It’s been another eventful week for the Carolina Panthers in the current climate. Owner David Tepper was vocal of his support for roster members that protested across the country in recent days. And he has also made some telling moves himself to lend his support to the fight.
The Carolina Panthers ended their association with CPI Security over a recent comment made by their CEO. This was then followed by universities and the Charlotte Hornets.
Perhaps a more significant move was for the Panthers to remove the statue of former owner and founder Jerry Richardson from outside Bank of America Stadium. Although the organization stated it was for “safety measures”, the Charlotte Observer reported that they don’t have any plans to put it back.
Richardson, who is said not to be contesting the decision, was almost forced to sell the team following accusations of allegations of workplace misconduct that included a racial slur against a member of Carolina’s scout team.
This was the latest in a series of positive steps by Tepper. It is easy to offer your support to playing staff. But it is entirely another to take matters into his own hands.
These recent decisions have been met with a positive response from the NFL and the wider community. Tepper wasted no time in not only changing the culture of the franchise. But also making sure he is at the forefront of owner change across the league.