According to sources, the Carolina Panthers reportedly paid out settlements to four different employees due to inappropriate sexual and racist remarks made by owner Jerry Richardson. News of the incidents was made public Sunday, by Sports Illustrated who allegedly spoke with unnamed sources with connections to the case. Sports Illustrated stated that the sources told them Richardson made sexually suggestive comments to women and on at least one occasion, directed a racial slur at an African-American Panthers scout. The report also stated that the agreement came with non-disclosure requirements which prevents any of the parties involved from discussing the details of the case. However, the NFL released its own statement Sunday, saying it has launched its own investigation into the allegations against Richardson at the request of the team. Team spokesperson Steven Drummond said the request was made by the team so the investigation was transparent.
The team originally enlisted the assistance of the law firm of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart and Sullivan, LLP, which would have been overseen by Erskine Bowles, a minority owner with the Panthers before turning it over to the NFL.