Jerry Richardson, the proprietor of the Carolina Panthers who’s within the strategy of promoting the workforce, was fined $2.75 million by the N.F.L. after an investigation confirmed claims that for years he sexually harassed staff and made racist feedback.
In a concise information launch that didn’t reveal particulars of the investigation’s findings, the league mentioned that the inquiry — led by Mary Jo White, a former United States lawyer — “did substantiate the claims which have been made and recognized no info that might both discredit the claims made or that might undermine the veracity of the workers who’ve made these claims.”
Richardson’s office conduct was first uncovered by Sports activities Illustrated in December. Shortly after the league introduced it will examine, Richardson, 81, mentioned that he deliberate to promote the workforce, and he stepped down from day-to-day operations. The workforce is being offered to David Tepper, a hedge fund supervisor, for $2.2 billion.
A number of information media reviews mentioned that Richardson used sexually suggestive language and racial slurs. He was additionally accused of continuously commenting on girls’s appearances. The league’s assertion mentioned the investigation decided that the inappropriate conduct was restricted to Richardson.
The league mentioned the cash would go to teams that target race and gender-based points, together with Magnificence for Ashes Ministry, a non secular group that helps victims of home abuse and sexual assault; the Black Ladies’s Blueprint; and the Ladies of Colour Community.
The report additionally beneficial that the N.F.L. bar nondisclosure agreements that restrict reporting of private conduct violations. Information media accounts mentioned that the Panthers had reached settlements with a number of staff over Richardson’s conduct and that the settlements included nondisclosure agreements.
Richardson is the one former N.F.L. participant within the league’s possession fraternity. He has served on most of the influential homeowners’ committees, and he performed a task in ending the N.F.L. lockout in 2011.