Panthers owner and founder Jerry Richardson is being investigated for allegations of “workplace misconduct,” the team announced Friday evening.
The internal investigation is being led by international law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart and Sullivan, LLP, according to a statement.
“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,” Panthers spokesperson 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.”
The investigation will be overseen by limited owner and ex-White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles. Drummond added that Bowles is “a trusted leader of unquestioned integrity.”
Regarding the probe, Panthers coach Ron Rivera told ESPN in a statement: “I have had a strong relationship with Mr. Richardson during my time with the Panthers. I have enormous respect for the man, but will wait for the results of the investigation before making any judgment.”
Richardson, who played two seasons in the NFL, was awarded an expansion franchise in October 1993.
No further details were given about the nature of the allegations.