Published: Mon, December 18, 2017
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Jerry Richardson says in statement he is putting Panthers up for sale

Jerry Richardson says in statement he is putting Panthers up for sale

It was announced Sunday that Carolina Panthers team owner Jerry Richardson will put the team up for sale, according to a statement on the Panthers's website, amid allegations of misconduct.

On Sunday, the National Football League announced that they would be taking over the investigation from the Panthers, but with the announcement, again, came no details as to what Richardson was being investigated for.

That's when Sports Illustrated published a blockbuster report on Richardson's alleged workplace misconduct - including sexual harassment, a racial slur and the owner asking some of his female employees if he could "personally shave their legs".

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said on "Game Day Morning" on Sunday that the Panthers asked the league to take over.

However, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Sunday that the league would hire an independent law firm to lead the investigation.

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The Panthers announced the investigation Friday as an internal investigation led by the outside worldwide law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart and Sullivan, LLP, overseen by limited owner and former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles.

The statement from Panthers spokesman Steven Drummond on Friday said, "The Carolina Panthers and Mr. Richardson take these allegations very seriously and are fully committed to a full investigation and taking appropriate steps to address and remediate any misconduct". "I have enormous respect for the man, but will wait for the results of the investigation before making any judgment". And we have played in two Super Bowls. SI reported that it reviewed one such legal document that appeared to be signed by Richardson and were told of other settlements by former employees on the condition of anonymity. He received a heart transplant in 2009.

He also has been involved in a few surprising and unexpected moves within the Panthers the past eight months. The scout left the team but employed a Charlotte attorney to negotiate a settlement. Richardson then fired general manager Dave Gettleman on the eve of training camp and replaced him with former general manager Marty Hurney on an interim basis.

Richardson, who in 1993 became the first former player since George Halas to own a team, has been one of the league's more influential owners over the past two-plus decades.

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