Statue Of Former Panthers Owner Jerry Richardson Removed From Outside Stadium

The massive statue that resides outside Bank of America commemorating former owner Jerry Richardson is no more.

On October 26, 1993, Richardson became the owner of the Carolina Panthers, the NFL’s 29th franchise. He would remain owner of the team, a powerful owner at that, for 24 years until a Sports Illustrated piece was released that reported “at least four former Panthers employees have received ‘significant’ monetary settlements due to inappropriate workplace comments and conduct by owner Jerry Richardson, including sexually suggestive language and behavior, and on at least one occasion directing a racial slur at an African-American Panthers scout.” Richardson allegedly asked women in the team offices to “turn around so he could admire their backsides” among other “disturbing” office behavior.

The same day as the allegations, Richardson announced that he would sell the Panthers franchise at the conclusion of the season, going on to finalize a sale to David Tepper for $2.2 billion.

With statues being removed across the country due allegations of racial bias and other misconduct, Richardson’s 13-foot memorial flanked by two panthers gifted to him from the team’s minority partners to Richardson for his 80th birthday has seen the same fate.


The team addressed the matter on social media.