Was Tepper Right To Cut Losses With Riverboat Ron?
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Ron Rivera is out, and Panthers owner David Tepper talked about the major decision. Tepper says since buying the team, he’d been patient on the football side of things. He said he anguished over the decision to fire Rivera, and that he is still emotional about it, but that long term, Tepper thinks this is the right decision for the team.
He says this is the beginning of a building process for what he calls “sustained success.” Tepper says Rivera will get a chance to address the team. And Tepper explained why he fired Rivera on Tuesday: “It came to my attention as we’re thinking through all this, and I’d come to the decision I wanted to make a change at year’s end, that some of the competition, so-to-speak, was already out there with feelers. And I was not gonna go out there and start looking and do things behind Ron Rivera’s back. So, I wanted to, I just don’t do that. I don’t care what other people do. I’m not doing it. OK? So I wanted to look the man in the eye and tell him what I’m doing, so that’s why it was time now,” says Tepper.
He also says, “(It was a) tough conversation, because it was emotional. I consider Ron Rivera a friend. Ron Rivera is one of the finest human beings I know. It’s not easy to have those kind of conversations with people you hold in high regard.”
Our question of the night: was Tepper right to cut his losses with Riverboat Ron?
This episode’s panel features:
Matt Harris from The Matt and Ramona Show on 107.9 The Link
Fox Sports Charlotte radio host and comedian QCB
Queen City Nerve publisher and co-owner Justin LaFrancois
WCCB Charlotte sports anchor Kelli Bartik