NFL fears that Jerry Richardson’s situation is “tip of the iceberg”

AP

Earning a statue doesn’t necessarily accelerate the expiration of statutes of limitations.

When news first emerged regarding the settlement agreements that sparked the unforced-forced sale of the Panthers by team founder Jerry Richardson, two questions emerged as it relates to the possibility that other teams may be facing similar predicaments: “How many other teams have negotiated similar settlements in the past without disclosing them to the league? . . . . How many other teams will be promptly self-reporting those settlements now?”

While answers have yet to emerge, the league remains concerned that related problems may arise. That’s something Mark Leibovich realized in four years of studying the NFL in connection with his new book, Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times. Leibovich prepared a “What I Learned” essay for Peter King’s Football Morning in America column, and Leibovich learned plenty about the dynamics that abruptly brought down one of the league’s most powerful men. And he offered a prediction that, if accurate, could be strong enough to shatter a Shield.

I learned the Jerry Richardson problem is not over,” Leibovich writes. “There is real concern that Jerry Richardson is the tip of the iceberg. With obscenely rich and powerful and aggressive people like NFL owners, there can be a commonness of not only acting in a brutish and entitled way, but also, simply, of being able to pay people off when they try to speak out. Needless to say, Richardson has no monopoly inside the membership on having engaged in outdated behavior. I think there will be other cases. The league fears there will be others.”

Settlement agreements, coupled with confidentiality provisions, have become commonplace in corporate America. Companies offer to cut a check to a potentially disgruntled employee in exchange for peace and, more importantly, silence. The Richardson case proves that the silence may not be permanent. The consequences of that silence being broken can be.

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90 responses to “NFL fears that Jerry Richardson’s situation is “tip of the iceberg”

  1. Brutish & entitled? Lol Sounds like weasal Fidel Goodell words. Remind me again why the owners pay him 40 million per year?

  2. Irsay is definitely in need of an investigation. He’s been known to party with hookers and we know Jerry Jones has photos all over the internet with hookers as well, so that kind of smoke means there’s likely that entitlement fire elsewhere.

    This will not help with the female demopgraphic either.

    The bell tolls for thee, Goodell. The bell tolls for thee.

  3. Of course it’s only the tip! (where’s Michael Scott when you need him?) How much do we already know about? Jerry Jones has a thing for young women. Dan Snyder made his millions fleecing little old ladies. David Tepper has brass testicles on his desk. Bob McNair is a racist. Just look at how they treat the players to see what the owners are like. Sure, some are better than others, but there’s enough skeletons in closets to make a Army of Darkness remake.

  4. While I wouldn’t be surprised if there were other cases, the question is how many. However, without evidence of the existence of such settlements, it seems that some reporters may be getting ahead of themselves.

    If there is reason to believe such settlements have taken place, then let the investigative reporters look into it first before assuming that there is a massive coverup going on.

  5. Old white men run this entire country, not just the NFL. And since it’s a good ole boys club, they’ll all be fine. If I’m being honest, Jerry Richardson gave up too easily. He couldv’e kept his team if he tried to fight it.

  6. I get the intolerance around sexually immoral behavior by rich men. I understand it’s 2018 and with all the different women’s movements and the highlighting of inequality issues that we live in a different landscape. As we should.
    However, if you feel as though someone has wronged you in any way (sexually or racially) and you choose to get a big fat check to keep your mouth shut that is YOUR choice and you SHOULD KEEP is shut. If you want justice however and you want to bring these actions to light then you don’t get a big check to go along with that. Can’t have it both ways.
    I’m sure there are plenty of legitimate cases of truly bad behavior but I’ll bet there are even more flimsy cases that are just cash grabs by gold digging women.
    Sorry, this is the just the way it is…

  7. I’m not sure what’s happening here, but the Goodell and the NFL have a boatload of problems….many self inflicted; e.g. the protest issue which should have been stopped at the outset, declining TV viewership,leaks from NFL HQ, a lack of full support of Goodell’s “PC” approach to management issues, accelerating ticket, parking and concession prices nearing an adversarial approach to average income fans, a shaky relationship with the NFLPA, the “helmet” and consequential injury and potential liability issues, the Kaepernick/Reid lawsuits, the failed Charger franchise ‘relocation’ to LA along with Oakland Raiders ‘relocation’ to Las Vegas and finally, the gambling issue which will become a massive problem for the NFL.

  8. Yeh god for bid a white man is rich theses days and does not share his wealth. Its what’s yours is mine mentality theses days rather then step up and earn yours. Everyone wants a hand out.

  9. So what if a bunch a rich guys act like jerks and pay people off to keep their silence. The people getting paid are usually making life changing money and sometimes get to keep their job as well, so what’s the big deal? If it’s not rape or murder, why should anyone care? The current crop of old millionaires/billionaires don’t care about political correctness and aren’t going to change. Maybe if the NFL had a better commissioner, they could whether storms like this a lot easier.

  10. That is just the lamest statue. It looks like the body was cast and the head came from some totally different place. Like every team can have the same body and just pop on their particular owner’s head.

  11. I read a racist statement above about something about “all those rich white owners”.
    Those rich white owners created this NFL that you spend all your time following.

  12. The players do the exact same thing… PAY PEOPLE OFF. lol Millionaires and Billionaire problems!

  13. Hold on, you’re telling us that rich people do bad things then pay people off to be quiet about it? I’m outraged! Outraged I say!!

    Remove NFL owner from this story and insert ANY other multi-millionaire profession and it’s the same story.

    This isn’t an NFL issue, it’s a rich guy issue.

  14. I guess anyone that thinks this is isolated to the NFL has never had to sign separation papers from a company that has cut them loose, in exchange for a lump sum of money. The separation papers contain language that removes any ability to go after the company for age discrimination.

    But yeah, only the NFL engages in this behavior. Sure.

  15. So what s new??? The rich and powerful in any culture use their power to get what they want, usually sex is involved.

  16. LOL at fanboys that think Goodell runs the League. He doesnt, the Owners do and Goodell is their highly paid servant. So fanboys, how does your Owner vote on these issues? Crickets? Thought so.

  17. Ehrmantraut says:
    August 28, 2018 at 11:39 am

    All those old rich white owners think they can do as they please

    Always with the race…why is race such an issue…? Geez, I don’t know. It’s like 1 set of men are the only ones to blame for the worlds problems. Can we stop alrwady?…does it even matter I’m offended? I didn’t think so.

  18. In the meantime, Trump accuses Google of rigging negative comments about Trump. Lol! This from Mr. Positive himself! Maybe stop googling yourself. Or Google bone spurs.

  19. Better look at the league office too. Bet Roger has buried misconduct (not necessarily his) “for the good of the league”

  20. Why do certain commenters defend the vile behavior of billionaire owners? Do they think that those owners are really being “mistreated”?

    Or do those commenters actually support men of power abusing women because those commenters have committed the same acts in their personal lives, and believe if men of power can get away with it they can also?

  21. For every JJ Watt solid character guy in the NFL, there seem to be a dozen just horrendous human beings. The league just seems to be full of an endless supply of terrible people.

    The NFL is noticeably getting harder to follow through the noise and toxicity. As a 15 year season ticket holder, 2 super bowls attended, hundreds of regular season games in 7-8 cities and I can honestly say this is the first season of my life that I am not really looking forward to.

    There just seems to be a complete void of leadership in this league and it is causing the entire product to suffer.

  22. Ehrmantraut says:
    August 28, 2018 at 11:39 am
    All those old rich white owners think they can do as they please
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    What does being white have to do with it?

  23. Entitled white Republican who’s ego is above the law? Listen to the deafening sound of no-one gasping.

  24. wawa33 says:
    August 28, 2018 at 11:36 am
    Brutish & entitled? Lol Sounds like weasal Fidel Goodell words. Remind me again why the owners pay him 40 million per year?

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    The reminder is in your comment. As long as he continues to take their lumps and do the dirty work, he will continue getting that super fat check.

  25. “I read a racist statement above about something about “all those rich white owners”. Those rich white owners created this NFL that you spend all of your time watching”.

    Rich white owners created the plantations and the system of slavery also. The majority of people over 150 years ago had evolved enough to realize that such a system was morally wrong, regardless of who created it.

  26. cardinealsfan20 says:
    August 28, 2018 at 12:10 pm
    Why do certain commenters defend the vile behavior of billionaire owners? Do they think that those owners are really being “mistreated”?

    Or do those commenters actually support men of power abusing women because those commenters have committed the same acts in their personal lives, and believe if men of power can get away with it they can also?

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    I think the outrage and what you call support for the owners is a segment of people that are sick of seeing people lose their livelihoods for something they said three decades ago or a tweet. It seems like as a society we are always apologizing these days.

  27. If you’re a fat old kajillionaire and want to be a sexist pig, and can afford the payoff, go for it. I paid for a foot rub once or twice. No harm no foul.

  28. Entitled white Republican who’s ego is above the law? Listen to the deafening sound of no-one gasping.
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    So if he was a Democrat it would be OK? Is he even a Republican?

  29. No wonder the entitled billionaires need taxpayer money corporate welfare to build their stadiums. They must be hemorrhaging money for payoffs for silence covering up their illegal brutish behavior.

  30. “What does being white have to with it?”

    Other than Green Bay and Jacksonville, every NFL owner is white. 30 out of 32. It is not that hard to figure out what being white has to do with it.

  31. Robert Kraft has been visiting the same steakhouse for years, slapping and pinching the bums of female waitstaff, while leaving his signature 15% & not a penny more tip. That’s common knowledge for those who work there, so makes one wonder what’s going on behind the walls of the castle?

  32. All yes all businesses have these issues. So let’s close them all down and the x owner will still be rich and the working class will starve. Or in this case no more millionaire ball players or fans complaining about injustice issues. Not saying it’s correct but that’s the way it is

  33. I think the outrage and what you call support for the owners is a segment of people that are sick of seeing people lose their livelihoods for something they said three decades ago or a tweet. It seems like as a society we are always apologizing these days.
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    I’m sorry I apologize too much

  34. cardinealsfan20 says:
    August 28, 2018 at 12:24 pm
    “I read a racist statement above about something about “all those rich white owners”. Those rich white owners created this NFL that you spend all of your time watching”.

    Rich white owners created the plantations and the system of slavery also. The majority of people over 150 years ago had evolved enough to realize that such a system was morally wrong, regardless of who created it.
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    So sad that some think slavery was invented in the US and only whites were plantation and slave owners.

  35. I’m also sorry the Patriots are screwing up the Parity Plan, even after the Commish who looks like a red headed fish keeps stealing their number 1 draft picks.

  36. Robert Kraft has been visiting the same steakhouse for years, slapping and pinching the bums of female waitstaff, while leaving his signature 15% & not a penny more tip. That’s common knowledge for those who work there, so makes one wonder what’s going on behind the walls of the castle?
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    Ive been a fan for 40 years and a dieheart one at that, and I never heard this. Cite it or shut it.

  37. Chad A says:
    August 28, 2018 at 12:16 pm
    Entitled white Republican who’s ego is above the law? Listen to the deafening sound of no-one gasping.
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    Chad needs to get his butt outta Mom’s basement. Talk about entitled. And yes Chad, I know where you live.

  38. Freedom of speech even though it might be in poor taste and not the belief of the vast majority is still a right. People should not be able to “cash in”..

  39. I know for a fact a prominent Texas team owner went on a Florida team owner’s yacht for a rich guy’s retreat and didn’t come out of his room for three days. Let’s just say he had “Company.”

    I mean, billionaire white guys with limitless power – what could possibly go wrong?

  40. vicnocal says:
    August 28, 2018 at 11:57 am
    I read a racist statement above about something about “all those rich white owners”.
    Those rich white owners created this NFL that you spend all your time following.
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    Next, you’ll be telling us how the plantation owners built this country from the ground up.

  41. 6ringsandarapist says:
    August 28, 2018 at 12:14 pm
    And water is wet

    No no it’s not it’s a liquid. It makes things wet but water is not wet itself. If it’s rainig on a lake is it making the lake wet? No it adding liquid.

  42. “So sad that some people think that slavery was invented in the US and only whites were plantation and slave owners.”

    So you’re claiming that there were African-American plantation owners? Please state your source for that “fact”.

    And apparently you believe that owning other people was justified in the U.S. just because it happened in other parts of the world.

  43. I like how there’s so many comments about how the anthem is workplace misconduct but apparently reading some of these comments it’s fine for people in power to abuse that power and do what they want.

  44. donbat67 says:
    August 28, 2018 at 12:38 pm
    How do I get some hush money ?
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    I’d pitch in 50 cents if you quit commenting.

  45. RogerThat! says:
    August 28, 2018 at 12:38 pm
    Robert Kraft has been visiting the same steakhouse for years, slapping and pinching the bums of female waitstaff, while leaving his signature 15% & not a penny more tip. That’s common knowledge for those who work there, so makes one wonder what’s going on behind the walls of the castle?
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    Ive been a fan for 40 years and a dieheart one at that, and I never heard this. Cite it or shut it.

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    I can name two anonymous sources, one now successful business owner in NY, the other a doctor in DC. Did u work at a steakhouse frequented by Bobby during those 40 years, doubtful. And I’m not a journalist, nor getting paid so there ain’t much more to cite – it’s all private knowledge – u want to find out more, do some sleuthing buddy. Probably would not be that hard. Do the sleuthing or shut yourself down.

  46. Once you’ve made enough to be able to spend on things beyond things you need, you start spending on things you want. You spend money on things all other people want but can’t have. You know — good things! And the last time I looked, sex is a good thing. Even better with beautiful women otherwise unattainable. And those who poopoo this undeniable fact are those at the bottom of the food chain who live from paycheck to paycheck, aspire to nothing better, and take pleasure in pointing fingers at [eople they envy.

  47. This for patsies bandwagon nation, poor krafts wife wasn’t even dead a month until he was running around with a 20 something gold digging nymphet. Glass houses as always for patsies bandwagon nation

  48. Human progress is always a double-edged sword. Deciding that abuse of power is no longer OK is an advancement; being dumb about identifying the abusers and the root causes is the other edge.

    This isn’t an issue with Richardson. Or the NFL. Or sports. Or business. This is an issue with the fundamental dynamic of human power as it has evolved into the present day, and is so deeply embedded into the current structure of society and the mostly-capitalist basis for it that there’s no way any honest look at it can stop short of indicting the whole thing.

    At some level, the whole structure that we give our time, energy, and money to every day, in all aspects of our lives, is inherent to this problem, and none of us truly escape involvement.

  49. rxv5854 says:
    August 28, 2018 at 11:52 am
    Old white men run

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    Exhibit A: Racism on display

  50. codiablo says:
    August 28, 2018 at 1:34 pm
    RogerThat! says:
    August 28, 2018 at 12:38 pm
    Robert Kraft has been visiting the same steakhouse for years, slapping and pinching the bums of female waitstaff, while leaving his signature 15% & not a penny more tip. That’s common knowledge for those who work there, so makes one wonder what’s going on behind the walls of the castle?
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    Ive been a fan for 40 years and a dieheart one at that, and I never heard this. Cite it or shut it.

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    I can name two anonymous sources, one now successful business owner in NY, the other a doctor in DC.

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    sure you can pal……sure you can….

    Did you meet these “anonymous sources” in your mom’s basement?

  51. So, what are the consequences for SIGNING a nondisclosure agreement, TAKING the money and then BREAKING the agreement? Haven’t heard anything about that lawless action by any of these writers.

  52. cardinealsfan20 says:
    August 28, 2018 at 12:10 pm
    Why do certain commenters defend the vile behavior of billionaire owners? Do they think that those owners are really being “mistreated”?

    Or do those commenters actually support men of power abusing women because those commenters have committed the same acts in their personal lives, and believe if men of power can get away with it they can also?

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    Because they have a fantasy of being in that position of power and wealth. Look at how many comments there are about how they’d fire all players that don’t do X or Y. They say it with glee.

  53. In typical Republican fashion, today’s theme is calling racists victims and victims racists. Yesterday it was saying hot is cold and up is down. Obviously, none of them have ever cracked open a dictionary.

  54. Always find it funny how people get so jealous at people who have more than them. You probably should channel that energy into making yourself better and richer and not worry about what some stranger thousands of miles away is doing. As far as the race part goes, the only color that matters is green. Work as hard as you can and save as much as you can. You don’t need season tickets, you don’t need Red Zone. Etrade and Ameritrade will let you invest if you are a minority I promise. It isn’t that difficult to understand.

  55. So many people bringing race into this conversation as a springboard to their politics.

    Here’s something for all those who think “Old white guys run the country”:

    Yeah, on a level over represented by percentage of the population, yes they do.
    These ‘old white guys’ were once young white guys and they deserve what they have achieved. If you don’t like that ‘white guys’ build this country I have a simple solution for you and it isn’t what you think. Unplug from the grid and destroy all devices that allow you to interact with this board. White guys invented the electricity grid and the technology to build your devices-make a stand and get rid of them. Further, refuse to be connected to the water system- white guys built that and the safety it provides, drink from a well you dig. Never use any kind of transportation again- surprise ‘white guys’ made all of them.

    Either shut up about ‘white guys’ or stop benefiting from the fact they have given you EVERYTHING you have.

  56. Of course there are other cases. In every industry in the US and Europe and probably everywhere on Earth. Certainly elsewhere in the NFL and the other pro sports. And if these cases shake the world to its core, good.

  57. cardinealsfan20 says:
    August 28, 2018 at 12:57 pm
    “So sad that some people think that slavery was invented in the US and only whites were plantation and slave owners.”

    So you’re claiming that there were African-American plantation owners? Please state your source for that “fact”.

    And apparently you believe that owning other people was justified in the U.S. just because it happened in other parts of the world.
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    My source, I paid attention in history class. Here I’ll give you a head start and if you actually care about being informed and not blinded by rhetoric look up these two gentlemen and follow it from there to answer your question. Anthony Johnson and William Ellison.

  58. tylawspick6 says:
    August 28, 2018 at 11:47 am
    Irsay is definitely in need of an investigation. He’s been known to party with hookers and we know Jerry Jones has photos all over the internet with hookers as well, so that kind of smoke means there’s likely that entitlement fire elsewhere.
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    Jerry pays hookers so he doesn’t have to pay settlements… Just more evidence that he is smarter than you think!

  59. RogerThat! says:
    August 28, 2018 at 12:38 pm
    Robert Kraft has been visiting the same steakhouse for years, slapping and pinching the bums of female waitstaff, while leaving his signature 15% & not a penny more tip. That’s common knowledge for those who work there, so makes one wonder what’s going on behind the walls of the castle?
    ——————-
    Ive been a fan for 40 years and a dieheart one at that, and I never heard this. Cite it or shut it.
    ——————-
    I can name two anonymous sources, one now successful business owner in NY, the other a doctor in DC. Did u work at a steakhouse frequented by Bobby during those 40 years, doubtful. And I’m not a journalist, nor getting paid so there ain’t much more to cite – it’s all private knowledge – u want to find out more, do some sleuthing buddy. Probably would not be that hard. Do the sleuthing or shut yourself down.
    ——————————————————————————

    I guess you don’t know the meaning of common knowledge, or common sense for that matter. Have a great day Buddy.

  60. I shudder to think how many violations Jerrah may have, just in the 1990’s alone.

    The only thing giving him some solace is that he probably has a squad of Black Water mercenaries that make these TGIF hostesses disappear without a trace.

  61. “My source, I paid attention in history class”.

    Yeah, history class at Liberty University. Check out the “sources” for the claims about the two individuals that you named. One of the articles was written by a guy, Robert M. Grooms, who was sentenced to 51 years in prison. None of the articles regarding William Ellison or Anthony Johnson are scholarly works, none are authored by university professors.

    Again, how does even your fiction about there being African-American plantation/slave owners justify the practice? Why do you feel it necessary to twist yourself into a position of being pro-slavery?

  62. cardinealsfan20 says:
    August 28, 2018 at 5:23 pm
    Again, how does even your fiction about there being African-American plantation/slave owners justify the practice? Why do you feel it necessary to twist yourself into a position of being pro-slavery?
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    Talk about twisting, you asked for a lesson and got one, it is fact that there were black plantation owners with slaves. Just because it doesn’t fit your hate filled rhetoric towards whites doesn’t change the facts. Your assumption of me being pro slavery is laughable and makes you look as foolish as your hand picking which article to read about the subject. I’m sorry if the truth hurt your feelings, but it doesn’t change the facts and hopefully opened your eyes a bit of history that some refuse to acknowledge. HAGD

  63. “Your assumption of me being pro-slavery is laughable”.

    Your pro-slavery position is a fact, not an assumption. You don’t even bother to deny it. It is the reason that you are willing to cite fake history.

  64. cardinealsfan20 says:
    August 28, 2018 at 6:54 pm
    “Your assumption of me being pro-slavery is laughable”.

    Your pro-slavery position is a fact, not an assumption. You don’t even bother to deny it. It is the reason that you are willing to cite fake history.
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    Like I said, I’m sorry that finding out African Americans did indeed own plantations and slaves enrages you so much. Finding out the truth and still denying it because it doesn’t fit ones agenda makes one look foolishly ignorant. There’s a saying that knowledge is power, you my friend are obviously afraid of that power.
    As for me being pro slavery, reading comprehension obviously is not one of your strong suits as there is not one sentence that backs that theory.

  65. Lunchallday says:

    Yeh god for bid a white man is rich theses days and does not share his wealth. Its what’s yours is mine mentality theses days rather then step up and earn yours. Everyone wants a hand out.

    …..

    Yeah, God forbid that people with more wealth than they could ever consume in ten lifetimes share just a little with those less fortunate than themselves. Especially since they made that wealth with government help like lower taxes, advantageous business laws, etc., while paying most people who worked for them a pittance compared to what they earned.

    Remember who Jeshua Ben Joseph took to task…not the poor widow giving two pennies, but the rich men donating in order to be seen donating. Easier for a camel go fit thru the Eye of the Needle than a rich man to enter heaven.

  66. There’s just something not right about so many of these non-disclosure agreements (NDAs).

    It’s one thing to protect business competitive secrets, like a production process or secret formula or new products in the pipeline. But NDAS to cover up bad behavior ought to be voidable or not enforceable.

    Covering up bad behavior is not in society’s best interest. We wouldn’t be dealing with the orange buffoon right now if things were more public.

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