On Friday afternoon, the Carolina Panthers announced that they were launching an investigation into their team owner, Jerry Richardson, for what was cited vaguely as “workplace misconduct.” According to the original statement released on Friday, the Panthers said that they were taking allegations against Richardson “very seriously” without detailing what the allegations were.
On Sunday, the NFL announced that they would be taking over the investigation from the Panthers, but with the announcement, again, came no details as to what Richardson was being investigated for.
Sports Illustrated blew the story wide-open with a damning report that chronicled Richardson’s history of sexual harassment and racism. According to Sports Illustrated, Richardson issued “multiple confidential payouts” over his tenure as owner. This was clearly an ongoing issue with the Panthers and Richardson that was repeatedly swept under the rug, until now.