Panthers owner Jerry Richardson met with members of Charlotte City Council Friday, emerging briefly to tell reporters moving his team isn’t anything he’s interested in.
The Los Angeles scare-tactic reared its head predictably when the team began looking for public money to upgrade Bank of America Stadium, but Richardson denied that was anything he was looking at.
“The process is continuing,” Richardson said, via the Charlotte Observer. “We gave them a report about our trips to Raleigh and we’re continuing to work.”
Asked about the possibility of moving, Richardson said “I never would want our team to move somewhere else. I never said that.”
Richardson and team president Danny Morrison met with the council for 90 minutes. Local officials have been open toward helping with around half of the estimated $250 million, while state politicians are trying to insulate themselves from constituent criticism by saying they’d be willing to help pay for infrastructure, but not the stadium itself.