Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson announced Sunday that he would be selling the team after the 2017 season, two days after the team said he was under investigation for sexual misconduct. “I believe that it is time to turn the franchise over to new ownership. Therefore, I will put the team up for sale at the conclusion of this NFL season,” Richardson wrote in a message posted to the team's website. “I hope everyone in this organization, both on and off the field, will be firmly focused on just one mission: to play and win the Super Bowl.” The announcement comes just two days after the Panthers said it would launch an investigation into Richardson’s conduct.
Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson will be selling the team after allegations of workplace misconduct forced the team to start an internal investigation on Friday.Richardson announced his intentions to sell the team on Sunday night after the Panthers’ win over the Green Bay Packersin a letter:Specific allegations against Richardson surfaced in a report from Sports Illustrated on Sunday afternoon just as early NFL games were kicking off.Among the allegations in the report, are sexually inappropriate comments directed at female employees:Among those in heaviest rotation: Show me how you wiggle to get those jeans up. I bet you had to lay down on your bed to fit into those jeans. Did you step into those jeans or did you have to jump into them?There was also allegedly a racial slur directed at a former team scout:Perceptions of casual racism hardened recently when, multiple sources told SI, Richardson directed a racial slur at an African-American scout for the Panthers. The scout left the team this year—but not, according to sources, before he sought the counsel of a Charlotte attorney who negotiated a confidential settlement on his behalf. Contacted by SI and asked if he wished to comment, the scout responded, “I’m not in a position to talk.”The news of the investigation was first broken by ESPN’s Jim Trotter, who had a statement from coach Ron Rivera.I have had a strong relationship with Mr. Richardson during my time with the Panthers,” Rivera told ESPN. “I have enormous respect for the man, but will wait for the results of the investigation before making any judgment.” #panthers#rape#rapist#jail#charlotte#whitesupremacy#discrimination#northcarolina#nfl#sexualharrassment#sexualmisconduct#StateVsUsMag