Last season in the NFL, we learned about allegations of sexual and racial misconduct against then owner of the Carolina Panthers Jerry Richardson. After a lengthy investigation, Richardson stepped away from the team, leading to it's eventual sale. Now the NFL is finally responding to the investigation and allegations by fining the former owner $2.75 million.
U.S. Attorney and SEC Chairman Mary Jo White conducted the investigation, which substantiated “claims that have been made, and identified no information that would either discredit the claims made or that would undermine the veracity of the employees who have made those claims,” the NFL said.
A Sports Illustrated article revealed that at least four employees received “significant” monetary settlements due to Richardson’s “inappropriate workplace comments and conduct.” After the story broke, Richardson announced plans to sell the Panthers and stepped back from day-to-day operations.
Last month, league owners approved a potential sale to billionaire businessman David Tepper. The transaction is expected to close over the next two weeks.
Much of the $2.75 million fine will go to various organizations fighting race and gender-based issues in the workplace and beyond.