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NFL owner to sell team after misconduct accusations

by Evan Wilt
Posted 12/18/17, 12:39 pm

Jerry Richardson, owner of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, announced Sunday he would sell the team amid an investigation into his conduct. Sports Illustrated reported Sunday that Richardson made sexually suggestive comments to women in the workplace and directed a racial slur at an African-American scout for the team, according to anonymous sources. After the report, the NFL on Sunday said it took over an internal investigation of accusations of workplace misconduct within the Panthers organization. Richardson announced in a letter he would sell the team after the season but did not address the accusations. “I believe it is time to turn the franchise over to new ownership,” Richardson wrote. “While I will no longer be the team owner, I will always be the Panthers’ No. 1 fan.” Richardson, a former player with the Baltimore Colts in 1959-60, paid $206 million for the right to start the Panthers franchise, based in Charlotte, N.C., in 1993 and has been the team’s sole owner since. Forbes estimates the franchise’s value is at $2.3 billion now. Since beginning play in 1995, the Panthers made it to the Super Bowl in 2003 and 2015 and lost both times. Hip-hop artist Sean “Diddy” Combs tweeted on Sunday he’s interested in buying the team: “There are no majority African-American NFL owners. Let’s make history.”


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Evan is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Washington, D.C.

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  • RANDY & BEV KIRK
    Posted: Mon, 12/18/2017 01:27 pm

    Does anyone see the irony in Sports Illustrated reporting on "sexually suggestive comments"?

    I believe this is the same publication that markets a swimsuit issue each year.........

  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 12/18/2017 09:47 pm

    Don’t know if it’s irony or just hypocrisy. 

    Our culture has become saturated with sex, from merely “sexually suggestive” to blatantly sexual. It’s in our entertainment, sports, marketing, fashions. In the 60’s, liberal (liberated) women started demanding the “right” to be as promiscuous as men were alleged to be. This naturally resulted in the legalization of abortion, so women’s participation in immorality could be as “free” of consequences as men’s sexual escapades. We’ve now reached the point where it is a crime for employer-provided healthcare insurance not to cover contraception. 

    Anyone who watches movies or prime-time TV, or listens to today’s music, can reasonably assume “modern” men and women are quite open to any type of casual sex. Amazingly, not all act on this assumption by propositioning everyone they encounter, especially considering the attire of some suggests a willingness to acquiesce. 

    But suddenly! We see great numbers of men being excoriated and driven from polite society, because they DID act on the assumption that many women are sexually available. 

    Am I sympathetic with the likes of Harvey Weinstein?  Hardly. But how surprising is it for someone who has grown up in a sty to act like a pig?  

    Next big thing?  Brave men defy convention and out powerful women who have been sexually abusive. Pigs come in both genders, you know. 

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