CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Two days after the Carolina Panthers announced an investigation into owner Jerry Richardson, reports accuse the owner of workplace misconduct.
According to reports from Sports Illustrated, at least four former Panthers employees "received ‘significant’ monetary settlements due to inappropriate workplace comments and conduct by owner Jerry Richardson."
Sports Illustrated tweeted the full report below:
In the report, the Panthers owner allegedly asked female staffers to turn around "so he could admire their backsides," on his way to his office. This behavior was treated like "a running office joke," the Sports Illustrated report says.
Richardson was also accused of "directing a racial slur at an African American employee," according to Sports Illustrated.
In addition to the settlements, the ex-employees say the settlements came with non-disclosure agreements forbidding the former employees from discussing the allegations.
The National Football League has taken over the investigation. The league has reportedly retained outside counsel to investigate workplace misconduct allegations against Richardson.
The investigation was initially led by an outside international law firm, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart and Sullivan, LLP, and will be overseen by former House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles, according to the Panthers.
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