Former Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson has been fined $2.75 million by the NFL after allegations of improper workplace conduct were substantiated, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.
The money will support organizations addressing race and gender-based issues, and will fund league-wide workplace training, per Pelissero.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter released the league’s statement on the matter, shortly afterward.
NFL announcement that former Panthers’ owner Jerry Richardson is being fined $2.5 million after its investigation into Caroline’s workplace environment. pic.twitter.com/dTQonZizen
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 28, 2018
Here’s a bit more information about the investigation, which was conducted by Mary Jo White, courtesy of Albert Breer of The MMQB.
Here are investigator Mary Jo White’s findings in the Panthers case. Among them: “The misconduct was limited to Mr. Richardson.” pic.twitter.com/YG8ekXH9nt
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) June 28, 2018
Richardson was accused of workplace misconduct by multiple former employees. The story broke back in December of 2017 when Sports Illustrated released a detailed investigative report. Richardson was accused of, among other things, sexual harassment and the use of a racial slur.
Since then, the NFL has stripped Richardson of his ownership stake in the Panthers, who have since been purchased by David Tepper.