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Panthers purge long-time scout Pete Russell

A league source tells us that, earlier this week, the Carolina Panthers terminated the employment of long-time scout Pete Russell.

Russell, widely respected in league circles, will now have trouble finding work, given that the firing occurred more than a month after the draft.

The timing is unfortunate, and unfair.  Apart from the curious decision by any team to rely on the efforts for a given draft of a scout they plan to dump, the squatting on Russell after the draft makes no sense. 

But that’s the least of the Panthers’ problem.  The scuttlebutt is that the Panthers plan to go younger in the scouting department.  Despite those “Just for Men” commercials that suggest ageism is an acceptable business practice, firing an older employee based in whole or in part on a desire to bring in younger ones remains a violation of state and federal law — even if the older employee goes bobbing for apples in a vat of toner.

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14 Responses to “Panthers purge long-time scout Pete Russell”
  1. robert ethen says: May 27, 2010 1:28 PM

    We’ll be looking forward to the Pete Goes Postal On Panthers header.

  2. brasho says: May 27, 2010 1:34 PM

    It isn’t unfair, these scouts that get fired after the draft have put in an entire year’s worth of work leading up to the draft, firing them before the draft would be stupid in two different ways.
    #1 They may need to continue the scouting process on athletes
    #2 They hold important information that teams would not want given out by the fired agents.

  3. Martin Keamy says: May 27, 2010 1:38 PM

    Here is your story in a nutshell
    Panthers fire Russel.
    We don’t know why.
    THE PANTHERS ARE IDIOTS FOR FIRING HIM BECAUSE OF HIS DESIRE TO BRING IN YOUNG PLAYERS IS STUPID!
    But we still don’t know why they fired him.
    BUT THEY ARE STILL STUPID FOR DOING IT FOR THE REASON THAT I JUST MADE UP!!!
    Sorry Flo, every time you write something about the Panthers, you have this incessant desire to stir something up out of nothing. And every time you do absolutely nothing comes out of it. But keep trying to get the Redskins to trades Haynesworth. They have an owner who tends to buy into media more than Mr. Richardson does.

  4. brasho says: May 27, 2010 1:41 PM

    Besides what I said previously, if the scout was fired then he had at least one more year left on his contract of which he will collect 100% assuming he was not fired with cause. He still has a long time to go before he will HAVE to start collecting a paycheck again and in the meantime he can be looking or interning for his not job.

  5. Paracelsus says: May 27, 2010 1:44 PM

    I do not understand your reasoning. There may be an immediate off-season for scouts, but it will pick up quickly enough this summer. How many are fired before the draft? Is something you have numbers on? Maybe they had problems relying on his information during the draft and felt they had to make a move. There are a number of scenarios possible here, but since you seem convinced of your theory of choice rather than trying to do some reporting, I will not bother continuing in this vein.

  6. PurrrtyPissd says: May 27, 2010 1:49 PM

    is he over 40?

  7. edgy1957 says: May 27, 2010 2:41 PM

    Sorry Flo, every time you write something about
    *******************************
    If you look around, you’ll find that this can easily be changed to: Sorry Flo, every time you write something about the (insert favorite team name), you have this incessant desire to stir something up out of nothing.
    I don’t think that there’s a team whose fans haven’t bitched at Florio for dissing them.

  8. Outcast says: May 27, 2010 2:44 PM

    No facts or reporting on this story–just speculation. This sounds personal, Florio. Is this guy a close, personal friend?

  9. WingT says: May 27, 2010 3:09 PM

    Hey Florio, you said…” firing an older employee based in whole or in part on a desire to bring in younger ones remains a violation of state and federal law” ….Can you tell me what law will have been broken in North Carolina for the firing?
    Isn’t NC a Right to Work state?

  10. jbwbubba says: May 27, 2010 3:53 PM

    First off, Russell wasn’t fired, his contract wasn’t renewed, so Florio can stop the Martha Ray impression. Why he wasn’t he resigned, I have no idea; perhaps it was to save money or he parked in JR’s parking space. Still I think they can let a contract laspe without it becoming a federal case.

  11. Captain Common Sense says: May 27, 2010 3:57 PM

    Maybe Pete was Florio’s inside source for the Panthers. Maybe that’s why he’s taking this personal. If Pete was the source, then he deserved to got fired.
    Hey look, I’m a news reporter just like Florio. I speculated on something and without even researching it, I posted it. Also I threw in a typo.

  12. edgy1957 says: May 27, 2010 4:31 PM

    Sorry Flo, every time you write something about
    *******************************
    If you look around, you’ll find that this can easily be changed to: Sorry Flo, every time you write something about the (insert favorite team name), you have this incessant desire to stir something up out of nothing.
    I don’t think that there’s a team whose fans haven’t bitched at Florio for dissing them.

  13. Martin Keamy says: May 27, 2010 4:45 PM

    egdy 1957,
    Agreed.
    Unless its the Minnesota Vikings.
    And unfortunately, he has the most frequent and less generic news stories than ESPN, NFL, so i’m stuck with him.
    Flo: You and I are a married couple. I need you, and you need me, but we don’t have to like each other.

  14. david.threatt says: May 27, 2010 11:58 PM

    I hope this reaches Mike Florio, though I doubt it will.
    1. The Panthers give all their scouts contracts until June every two years.
    2. This was hardly a surprise considering every scout got extensions last year and Pete Russell did not. So, if he thought he’d be with the team after June, well, lets just say he was the only one. So, why is it so unfair if he knew last year?
    3. Please do a little reporting and you’ll have discovered that we have three scouts older than Russell on the team. So what makes you say they are going for youth in the scout department?
    4. This article just made me lose respect for you as a reporter. Because, you officiously didn’t report accurate information but, “juicy” information. Looks like you have no clue what’s going on.

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