Carolina Panthers Move Controversial Statue of Former Owner from Outside Stadium – The Carolina Panthers just moved the 13-foot statue of former owner, Jerry Richardson, from in between two snarling panthers “in the interest of public safety,” according to the Panther’s twitter page. The statue was given to Richardson by the Panther’s minority partners in honor of his 80th birthday.

Carolina Panthers Move Controversial Statue of Former Owner from Outside Stadium

Carolina Panthers Move Controversial Statue of Former Owner from Outside Stadium

The Carolina Panthers just moved the 13-foot statue of former owner, Jerry Richardson, from in between two snarling panthers “in the interest of public safety,” according to the Panther’s twitter page. The statue was given to Richardson by the Panther’s minority partners in honor of his 80th birthday.


View this post on Instagram

We are committed to doing our part.

A post shared by Carolina Panthers (@panthers) on

The Panthers moved the statue since they were worried about protesters toppling the 2.5-ton statue in fear that it would crush someone.

Jerry Richardson established the Carolina Panthers in 1993 after playing just two years in the NFL. Despite being known as a “champion of diversity,” Richardson was accused of using racial slurs towards African-American Panther’s scouts and sexual misconduct towards employees.

Because of this, Richardson announced after the 2017 season, that he would sell the team. David Tepper, the Pittsburgh Steelers minority owner, bought the team for $2.2 billion. 

1 year later on May 22, 2018, Richardson was fined $2.75 million by the NFL after an investigation into his misconduct.

According to safety, Tre Boston, Richardson discouraged players from protesting against social injustice and kneeling during the 2016 season to fight alongside quarterback, Colin Kaepernick.


View this post on Instagram

Day by day #KeepPounding

A post shared by Carolina Panthers (@panthers) on

RELATED: Colin Kaepernick Has Hope of Returning to NFL, Despite All Odds Being Stacked Against Him

Boston also said “For me, the Carolina Panthers, we hold ourselves to a standard. We hold ourselves with Pride. We do the right things.” Boston added on that removing the statue was “best for the community.”


Richardson’s spokesman, Jim Gray, said “He [Jerry Richardson] has worked to treat all people fairly in his business and personal lives and, like many other Americans is troubled by recent events in Minneapolis, Charlotte, and around the country.”

About At The Buzzer

At The Buzzer, or ATB is the place for those who love sports, life, family, community, and so much more. We are far from the run-of-the-mill 24/7 sports news websites. We not only bring you what’s happening in the world of sports in terms of trades and breaking news, but we also bring you the news that goes on behind the scenes, like big life moments, and so much more. So take a minute and read one of our articles, we promise you won't regret it.