Scandal & Sale: What this means for Jerry Richardson’s legacy


CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) — From buildings named in his honor to his statue standing outside Bank of America Stadium, reminders of Jerry Richardson can be found across North Carolina and South Carolina. 

The allegations against the Carolina Panthers owner and founder have left many in the community concerned. 

“It’s sad to see such a prominent member of the community get taken down like this, but if it’s warranted, I think he should be taken down,” a fan told FOX 46 Charlotte. 

Following the announcement into the investigation of his alleged workplace misconduct, Richardson announced he was putting the Panthers up for sale at the end of the NFL season.

“Nobody really knows what the future holds for us as players,” said Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis. “We’re going to show up and we’ve got to keep winning, that’s out mindset.”

Richardson has made headlines multiple times for his charity work in the Carolinas. He’s helped families affected by the Charleston Church Shooting and donated funds to colleges likes Johnson C. Smith University to help students with education costs. 

Wofford College, where Richardson went to school, has an arena named after the Carolina Panthers founder. When asked if the school was considering changing the name amid the allegations, school officials replied with the following statement:

“Mr. Richardson’s contributions to Wofford College are extraordinary, and for that we are grateful. It is not appropriate for us to comment further.”

University of North Carolina- Charlotte also has their football stadium named after Richardson, who was a donor. When asked what the future holds for the venue’s name, university officials responded: “The University has not discussed the topic and will not until the investigation is complete.” 

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The fate of Richardson’s statue outside the stadium is also unknown. Panthers fans say before any changes are made to any physical reminder of Richardson’s legacy, the community should weigh-in. 

“The community as a whole should come to some type of consensus and say, ‘hey, this man did a lot of good, but if the allegations are true, he also did a lot of bad.'” 

 Richardson has not made any specific public remarks about the allegations since the news broke. Tina Becker has been named Chief Operating Officer as Richardson steps down. 

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