CHARLOTTE, NC - Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson made headlines this week for a situation that "may" have occurred in a players-owners meeting a day before the Super Bowl.
Several reports accused the "Big Cat" of disrespectful behavior toward players during collective bargaining agreement negotiations. According to the buzz, Richardson was rude to star QBs Peyton Manning and Drew Brees.
Arizona Cardinals kicker Jay Feely told ESPN Radio that Richardson criticized Manning, Brees and "their intelligence."
Yahoo Sports has been all over this one - writers Jason Cole and Michael Silver wrote several articles about the alleged incident. According to one such report, Richardson became so angry at Sean Morey when the topic of player safety came up, that Richardson supposedly snapped, saying, “you guys made so much money [expletive] - if you played three years in the NFL, you should own your own [expletive] team.”
So, it's obvious Jerry's outta here, right? WRONG!
The NFL is standing behind Richardson. NFL spokesman Greg Ailello said the league hasn't changed in how it feels about Richardson or reduced his power on the negotiating committee. "No, absolutely nothing has changed," Aiello told the Rock Hill Herald.
"There is no more respected owner in the league than Jerry Richardson," New York Giants president John Mara said.
Speaking of respect, the Los Angeles Lakers better have some for the Bobcats.
The Cats own the Lakers over the past five seasons, winning seven of the past ten meetings; including Monday's night 20-point rout, 109 to 89.
Now, the Lakers are 5-8 all-time against the Bobcats. Funny, because the Lakers hold a losing record against only one other club, the Boston Celtics.
Lakers head coach Phil Jackson was so upset about the loss he spoke to reporters for only five seconds and then walked away saying, "I'm embarrassed about what we did and that's it."
But, that wasn't the only Phil-news. With Michael Jordan established as the owner in Charlotte, and Paul Silas just recently receiving an extension, there was small talk Phil Jackson might be the top choice to coach the Bobcats next season. Jackson has indicated this will be his last season in Los Angeles.
Unfortunately, Jackson has also indicated he wouldn't be interested in a job working for Jordan or any other team. When asked about Jordan's challenges as an owner, Jackson said, "this franchise, financially, has to get grounded and build an audience and become a stable thing in this community."
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