Panthers owner plans to sell as NFL vows misconduct inquiry
Yet just two days after the Carolina Panthers said they would investigate their owner, who was accused of what the team called “workplace misconduct,” an NFL franchise will be put on the open market by its longtime owner, Jerry Richardson.
The only principal owner the team has ever had, Richardson has become the latest formidable figure to fall amid the rising sensitivity and anger around sexual harassment.
Then on Friday, the Panthers said they had hired lawyers to look into accusations against Richardson, the team’s founding owner.
At 81, Richardson has controlled the team for nearly a quarter-century, having bought the franchise when it was created in 1993.
For years, Richardson held sway over many important committees, and was an influential player in the league’s latest labor deal, which came after the owners locked out the players for several months in 2011.