By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
It was reported on Friday that Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson was being investigated for misconduct. Now, the word is leaking out that the Panthers had to make multiple payouts after his misconduct.
A report by Sports Illustrated’s L. Jon Wertheim, the team had to make payouts to at least four former employees as a ‘reaction to workplace misconduct by owner Jerry Richardson.’ Sports Illustrated says that much of the complaints come from sexual harassment against female employees and a racial slur geared to an African-American employee.
Richardson reportedly made the harassment during the team’s Jeans Day. The report says that Richardson ‘consistently engaged in improper acts.’
Wertheim says, according to sources, that he would ask female employees to join him in a suite during the workday inside Bank of America Stadium. He would also reportedly be alone with junior employees.
Richardson, who has been the Panthers owner since their inception, allegedly asked a junior employee for a foot massage after coming into the room barefoot.
“The first time, you thought it was an important meeting with the owner,” one female employee said to Wertheim. “You (then) realized it was never anything that couldn’t be discussed over the phone.”
Others alleged that Richardson gave back rubs that went too long or went ‘too low down the spine.’ Former employees told Sports Illustrated there were ‘also occasional racial overtones in Richardson’s interactions with his workers.’
The NFL announced that they were taking over the investigation into the case on Sunday.
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