The Panthers organization has just announced that their owner and founder, Jerry Richardson, is now under investigation for workplace misconduct.
At this point, the investigation is being led by Quinn Emanuel Urquhart and Sullivan, LLP, and will be overseen by former White House Chief of Staff and limited owner Erskine Bowles.
The Panthers announced the investigation this evening via Twitter;
A statement from the Panthers https://t.co/xiDBoYBlQx
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) December 15, 2017
“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,” team spokesman Steven Drummond said. “The entire organization is fully committed to ensuring a safe, comfortable and diverse work environment where all individuals, regardless of sex, race, color, religion, gender, or sexual identity or orientation, are treated fairly and equally. We have work to do to achieve this goal, but we are going to meet it,” according to their press release.
Due to the fact that the investigation is currently under legal review, the Carolina Panthers have not yet released the specifics of the allegations.
“I have had a strong relationship with Mr. Richardson during my time with the Panthers,” coach Ron Rivera told ESPN. “I have enormous respect for the man, but will wait for the results of the investigation before making any judgment.”
We will update this article as new information is released.