Concerns of inconsistency emerge regarding Panthers investigation

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When learning last night that the Panthers are investigating Panthers owner Jerry Richardson for allegations of workplace misconduct, my first thought was this: Why isn’t the NFL doing this?

I’m not alone. As one league source explained it, other teams wouldn’t have the luxury of conducting their own investigation. And few, if any, team personnel other than owners would ever get that level of consideration.

Part of the problem is that, as PFT reported last night, the Panthers told the NFL about the situation only after the Panthers started their own investigation, ultimately overseen by someone who owns part of the team — and thus is a PARTNER of the person who is the subject of the probe. And so the NFL has been caught flat-footed by what only can be perceived as an effort by the team to control the investigation, to manage the fallout, and to engineer the preferred outcome.

The breadth of the Personal Conduct Policy, and the league’s history of aggressively taking action against anyone and everyone ensnared by it, makes the failure to do anything as to Richardson even more conspicuous, and inconsistent. Only five days ago, the NFL immediately suspended three NFL Network on-air employees (Marshall Faulk, Heath Evans, Ike Taylor) based on allegations made in a sexual harassment lawsuit . . . pending an investigation.

Yes, pending an investigation. That same kind of investigation that the Panthers have decided to conduct regarding the person who owns the bulk of the Panthers, overseen by a person who owns part of the Panthers.

This doesn’t mean the NFL will continue to do nothing. But don’t be surprised if that’s what the NFL does; Richardson, after all, was one of the two owners who led the search for a Commissioner in 2006 — and one of the two owners who personally delivered the good news to the man who won the $200 million so far/$200 million to go (and maybe more) job on the fifth ballot.

Whatever it was that prompted the team owned by Richardson to mobilize an investigation against Richardson should prompt the NFL to do the same thing, and to treat Richardson the same way any other person connected to the NFL would be treated.

46 responses to “Concerns of inconsistency emerge regarding Panthers investigation

  1. The League needs to first figure out a punishment that would be totally inconsistent and arbitrary before it would conduct an “investigation.”

  2. Seems like the team should be conducting their own investigation as they are the ones that reported it.
    If they find transgressions and need the NFL to step in to apply punishment under the conduct policies then so be it.
    What we don’t need is the NFL taking the “shoot first, ask questions later” approach with an owner like they did with the NFL network guys.
    We are (supposed to be anyway) innocent until proven guilty and by suspending those guys on the network prior to knowing any FACTS is despicable. A knee jerk reaction to keep all of the “groups” from protesting and shouting from the mountain tops that the NFL doesn’t care about safe work environments.
    There is no way ownership would allow Goodell to do the same with one of their own. Nor should they…

  3. Are you implying that rich people don’t have to obey the law? That only the poor and middle class face justice? Shame on you. But unfortunately you’re correct.

  4. NFL inconsistent? No way.

    I still don’t like the idea that someone can be accused of a crime and be suspended while the investigation takes place. Do they still get paid? What if they are found innocent, do they miss out on bonuses?
    Why not quietely being an investigation, rather than announcing it to the world?

  5. What could the league possibly do to him? He is 81 (I think) and already has plans to sell the team after he passes away, so it’s not like his family stands to lose anything since they aren’t getting the team anyway.

    I just hope it doesn’t result in a loss of draft picks. I don’t see any other penalty that would hurt the “team” itself.

  6. So what exactly is the possible punishment handed down by this internal investigation? The owner can’t be forced to sell or step down. Fining him is laughable. The NFL can force him to sell and fine him draft picks, while this sham internal in investigation can’t do anything. Once again, the NFL proves it can’t do anything right. If this was a player the calvary would be called out with a full investigation by the league office. An owner? We won’t bother. Pretty much every single decision the NFL makes is wrong. Its actually really amazing, batting a thousand in anything is really hard.

  7. I think they should hire everyone that’s ever represented Richardson before, all the donors to his charities & call it an independent investigation like Mueller.

  8. Remember that time when the NFL was all about the play on the field, the players and their athleticism and not about off the field misconduct?

    Nah, me neither.

    When does baseball season start?

  9. You can bet, if this was about Jerry Jones, ole Rog would have been gathering his cronies in the wee hours of the morning, to do the “investigating.” I am SICK of the inconsistent & political actions of the whole lot of them, with Rog being the ringleader!!!!!

  10. If Panthers started their own investigation WHY would they inform the league???? How is it that this is even being reported ?

  11. Roger Goodell is still hiding the PSI information which was collected during the 2015 NFL season. Hiding that 2015 PSI information from football fans is definitely not a good look, considering that Roger Goodell was pledging “transparency” as recently as 2014.

  12. And this is the kind of thing that has people shaking their heads at Goodell. The owners are so quick to throw tons of cash at this clown. For what? This kind of crap management?

  13. This will be a true test of Roger Goodell’s integrity. When Roger was a young NFL
    assistant he won the coveted assignment of NFL expansion. Roger then oversaw
    the NFL’s addiction of the Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville.
    That project also included a new concept or idea of seat license sales.
    The Panthers did the first seat license offering which was a huge success.
    So it is clear that Mr. Richardson was extremely happy with Goodell.
    Goodell soon thereafter became director of operations.
    When Goodell sought the commissioners job only Dan Rooney exceeded
    Richardson’s support of Goodell.
    One would believe owners such as Jerry Jones are waiting and carefully watching
    Goodell’s response to these allegations.

  14. Remember jim Irsay was fined 500k and suspended 6 games for his DUI. No matter what Richardson’s penalty is the media and NFLPA will say it is not enough.

  15. No matter what Patriots fans continue to do to try to discredit the league, Tom Brady is still guilty, and this really looks silly. We’re all laughing outside of Boston. No excuse me while I get ready to watch some football.

  16. charliecharger says:
    December 16, 2017 at 10:22 am

    I support the NFL 100% on whatever they do. I’m the silent majority.
    __________________________________________________

    No you are neither silent nor the majority. The majority don’t support a league, they support a team and they certainly don’t post on NFL related sites.

  17. @ factpurveyor

    LMAO get over it you big baby. Your team got busted adjusting air pressure in balls. Now while I don’t think it’s that big of a deal the NFL clearly did because it was just another time NE got caught cheating like with spy-gate. Why can’t patriot fans just be happy you guys are always crying even when your winning what are you going to do when Brady finally retires? Turn in to Cowboy fans? Grow up Peter Pan.

  18. This will be swept under a very expensive rug…
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    That ties together a very expensive room! 😉

  19. you know why people love sports so much? Because in most cases it is a true meritocracy – the best player/team wins. That’s why we hate cheaters in sports so much.

    I wish we all cared the same way about society. People don’t play by the same rules – guys like this clown get to play by different rules.

    America is supposed to be a beacon to the world for it’s system of laws and the closest thing to be a true meritocracy on this planet. It’s slipping. Time to wake up and make everyone compete by the same rules.

  20. information which was collected during the 2015 NFL season. Hiding that 2015 PSI information from football fans is definitely not a good look, considering that Roger Goodell was pledging “transparency” as recently as 2014.

    The league also destroyed all the spy gate info as well

  21. charliecharger says:
    December 16, 2017 at 11:16 am

    No matter what Patriots fans continue to do to try to discredit the league, Tom Brady is still guilty, and this really looks silly. We’re all laughing outside of Boston. No excuse me while I get ready to watch some football.
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    No matter what silly nonsense a few duped fools continue to post…science will always say that cold weather lowers the PSI in footballs.

    • Denying the science which proves that PSI in footballs drops they get cold and even more if they are also wet. Videos are available online where you can watch it happen.
    • Failing to correct the false PSI numbers that were reported for a year while that false information duped everyone.
    • Orchestrating and marketing a year-long smear campaign using the national media.
    • Telling numerous documented lies: “56 deflategate lies” told by the NFL. Especially the numerous lies that were exposed when a judge released testimony that Goodell had believed would remain sealed.
    • Admitting in court that they had no evidence of anyone deflating footballs.
    • Only willfully ignorant fools would call someone exercising their right to privacy “not cooperating”
    • Having all the text messages but still marketing the “destroyed phone” headlines to simpletons.
    • Smart people wipe their phones when they get new ones…more important if you are famous.
    • Continuing to hide the PSI report despite the fact that Goodell pledged transparency as recently as 2014.

  22. Jerry has a unique defense if the alleged incident(s) occurred prior to 2009. He can truthfully say, “I have had a complete change of heart since these things happened.”

  23. Meanwhile attendance and ratings have plummeted more than the air pressure in a football on a cold day.

    I’m changing my mind, I’m glad they resigned Roger. This will guarantee they self-destruct. The boycotting fans will eventually get the last laugh.

  24. The only thing consistent about the NFL is it’s inconsistency.

    However, they are not prevented from doing their own investigation and the Panthers may be required by state law to do their own.

  25. onebuffalove716 says:
    December 16, 2017 at 11:46 am

    The league also destroyed all the spy gate info as well
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    The NFL took the tape and trashed it instead of giving it back to the Patriots or sharing it with the other teams…so the NFL did the Jets a favor because the Patriots had no tape from that game.

  26. onebuffalove716 says:
    December 16, 2017 at 11:46 am
    information which was collected during the 2015 NFL season. Hiding that 2015 PSI information from football fans is definitely not a good look, considering that Roger Goodell was pledging “transparency” as recently as 2014.

    The league also destroyed all the spy gate info as well

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    goodell did that to protect the secret that ALL teams were “guilty” of “spygate”

    the agenda was to frame the pats to steal draft picks to weaken. if the public saw other teams filming from the sidelines in the same fashion, goodell would be seen as only focusing on the pats to cheat them, which of course is what happened.

    it is why he flipped out wondering what matt walsh had. if walsh released all of his stuff to some rogue media outlet, he would have been exposed for his cheating the pats.

    it is the same reason why he has not released the psi data like he said he would

    he hopes everyone will forget he cheats or be dumb
    enough to not figure all this out

  27. in fairness & being a old style NFL fan I agree this should be a NFL investigation but as a Fan of the Panthers i hope Richardson just retires gets rid of the team & be done with it but either way there isn’t a dam thing a fan can do

  28. vicksdawgpound says:
    December 16, 2017 at 11:35 am
    @ factpurveyor

    Your team got busted adjusting air pressure in balls.
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    Nobody is gullible enough to believe nonsense about Goodell being concerned about “integrity”.

    Plus dimwits everywhere already believe that a “team got busted adjusting air pressure in balls” after the year-long extremely public media smear campaign Which means that any belief that Roger Goodell needs to be concerned with Brady’s reputation is laughable.

    So then please explain why Roger Goodell is willing to be perceived as a liar again and is still hiding the PSI information from 2015 even though he pledged “transparency” in 2014 ?

  29. I think the reason for releasing the news of an “in-house” investigation on this alleged situation when they didn’t even have to, is Goodell’s way of getting out in front of the narrative, removing himself from it, and at the same time helping old man RIchardson, one of the protected owners.

    What will likely happen is this:

    1. “Nothing was found”.
    2. Pay off of victims and tell them to never speak of this again. They will overpay the victims so greatly, the victims will take the money and run for life.
    3. Erskine Bowles will then assume “full ownership” as Richardson, too, sails off to his retirement mansion facility, and this will all “disappear”.

    Letting the Panthers do their own investigation is the complete opposite of the norm, which is how you can tell a favor is being done here, already. It’s already in the works.

    Can you imagine if the Pats did their own “investigation” on Spygate and Deflategate? lol

    Not only would that not make sense, it never would have happened since they were being framed anyway. Double LOL.

    This is all about “optics”. They’re obsessed with it, but the worst leaders in history who led that way, ALWAYS failed.

    Always.

    You don’t lead by image and optics.

  30. kepickle says:
    December 16, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    in fairness & being a old style NFL fan I agree this should be a NFL investigation but as a Fan of the Panthers i hope Richardson just retires gets rid of the team & be done with it but either way there isn’t a dam thing a fan can do

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    Actually, Goodell is working on this “resolution” for you right now. Erskine Bowles and his firm will be your new owners.

    I can see this a mile away. We’ll see if I am right. AGAIN.

  31. No problem investigating players who get a face mask for a hefty fine but an owner in the Bible belt is off limits, This type foul no foul is why the NFL has gotten not one more penny out of me going to games, buying anything with NFL on it and long gone Direct TV Ticket. The NFL continues to spiral out of control. If it was not for the money involved in fantasy football more fans would be turning off the TV and have much better things to do on Sunday.

  32. This out of touch redneck would not allow his players protest without threatening them. Another Jerry Jones/Trump moron who is now going to pay for his ignorance. Somewhere Kao is smiling!!!

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