Panthers Launch Internal Investigation Into Jerry Richardson After Allegations of Workplace Misconduct

The Panthers have launched an internal investigation into workplace misconduct allegations against team owner and founder Jerry Richardson. The team says former White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles is overseeing the investigation by a Los Angeles-based law firm. The 81-year-old Richarson brought the franchise to the Carolinas in 1993.

In a statement to ESPN, head coach Ron Rivera said he has enormous respect for Richardson, and will wait for the results of the investigation before making a judgment. The Panthers sent WCCB Charlotte a statement on the investigation.

Team spokesman Steve Drummond says, “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. 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.”