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NFL teams question integrity of Carolina Panthers’ self-investigation of misconduct claims

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Other teams are calling foul.

The Carolina Panthers are looking into workplace misconduct claims against its owner and founder, and other NFL teams are questioning whether the team should be investigating itself.

On Friday, a team spokesperson released a statement regarding the accusations made against 81-year-old Panthers owner Jerry Richardson. The NFL was also informed Friday that the team had opened its own investigation.

“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,” the team said in the statement. “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 is being led by an outside law firm but overseen by a minority owner of the team.

According to Bleacher Report writer Mike Freeman, that’s left other teams with questions.

The NFL has declined to comment about this investigation. Richardson, a former NFL player, has owned the Panthers since 1993.

Brianna Stone

Brianna Stone

Brianna Stone is a reporter and digital producer. Her work has been published by the Austin American-Statesman, the Daily Dot, and USA Today.