Disgraced Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson is not only selling the team at the conclusion of the season, he’s relinquishing day-to-day control effective immediately.
The Panthers announced on Monday that Tina Becker has been named chief operating officer with full control of the day-to-day management of the organization.
Becker has worked her way up the franchise’s ladder for 19 years. She expressed her desire to improve the culture with the Panthers both on the field and throughout the entire organization.
“These have been some of the most difficult days of my 19 years with the Panthers, but I am lifted up by the strong resolve and the commitment our employees have shown to this organization,” Becker said, according to the team’s official website. “Our team on the field is performing at a very high level, and I believe is bound for the Super Bowl. My immediate focus will be to ensure the corporate side of the organization performs at the same high level, while addressing the real concerns that have been raised in recent days.”
Richardson’s decision to step aside comes amid the NFL investigating allegations of workplace misconduct made against the owner. Sports Illustrated reported on Sunday that Richardson made multiple confidential payouts for workplace misconduct, which include sexual harassment and the use of a racial slur. Hours after the damming report came out Richardson announced that he would sale the Panthers at the end of the 2017 season.
Many have expressed interest in purchasing the Panthers, including hip-hop mogul Diddy who has made no secret that he’s enthusiastic about the idea about becoming the first African American owner in the NFL.
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