CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The NFL has taken over the investigation into allegations of workplace misconduct by Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy said Sunday. That investigation did not last even 48 hours, as the NFL said on Sunday morning it was taking over the investigation on a larger league level.
For example: When female Panthers employees showed up to the team office on "Jeans Days", Richardson would ask the women to "turn around so he could admire their backsides" before delivering incredibly crude one-liners, such as "Show me how you wiggle to get those jeans up" and "I bet you had to lay down on your bed to fit into those jeans".
The Carolina Panthers are investigating team owner Jerry Richardson.
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The investigation was going to be led by an outside global law firm, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart and Sullivan, LLP, and will be overseen by former House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles, according to the Panthers.
In a five-paragraph statement announcing the move, Richardson made no mention of the allegations against him, which include wide-ranging sexual misconduct and the use of a racial slur against a former Panthers scout.
"I have enormous respect for the man, but will wait for the results of the investigation before making any judgment", Rivera said.
The Panthers have made a series of peculiar moves in the a year ago.
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Richardson has been the owner of the Panthers since the NFL awarded a football team to Carolina in 1993.
Then, as the Panthers were preparing for training camp, Richardson unexpectedly fired general manager Dave Gettleman, who has led the team to the Super Bowl just two years ago and replaced him with former general manager Marty Hurney. Team president Danny Morrison resigned in February after spending eight years taking over numerous duties of Richardson's sons, Mark and Jon, who left the organization in 2009 amid in-house fighting over how the Panthers were being run. Richardson underwent quadruple bypass surgery in 2002 and was placed on a donor waiting list for a new heart.
He is only one of two owners to have owned a franchise since its inception. 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.
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