Panthers owner Jerry Richardson accused of workplace misconduct

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2016, file photo, Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson watches before the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Arizona Cardinals in Charlotte, N.C. The Panthers say team captains and other selected players met with owner Richardson at his home Tuesday, Sept. 26, to "discuss social issues affecting the league and solutions moving forward." (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WNCN) – The Carolina Panthers announced an internal investigation has been launched into allegations of workplace misconduct against the team’s owner and founder, Jerry Richardson.

International law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart and Sullivan, LLP, will lead the investigation.

Limited owner and former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles will oversee the investigation, the team announced.

“The Carolina Panthers and Mr. Richardson take these allegations very seriously and are fully committed to a full investigation and taking appropriate steps to address and remediate any misconduct,” team spokesman Steven Drummond said. “The entire organization is fully committed to ensuring a safe, comfortable and diverse work environment where all individuals, regardless of sex, race, color, religion, gender, or sexual identity or orientation, are treated fairly and equally. We have work to do to achieve this goal, but we are going to meet it.”

The Carolina Panthers cannot comment publicly on the specifics of the allegations because the matter is under legal review.

“Erskine Bowles is a trusted leader of unquestioned integrity. We look forward to this report, which we know will be honest and thorough,” Drummond said.

CBS North Carolina will update this story as it develops.

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