The Carolina Panthers’ workplace misconduct scandal will ultimately cost owner and co-founder Jerry Richardson his team. By now, it’s well known that Richardson is looking to sell the Panthers after allegations of misconduct surfaced late in the 2017 season.
Said allegations have now cost another employee of the Panthers’ organization his job. Earlier in the week, former NFL safety and Panthers defensive backs coach Curtis Fuller announced his resignation from the team.
The Panthers themselves are now publicly saying that Fuller’s resignation stems from allegations of workplace misconduct on the part of the assistant coach.
“After approaching Coach Fuller with the findings of an investigation into complaints of inappropriate conduct, we accepted his resignation,” team spokesperson Steven Drummond said in a statement, via ESPN’s David Newton. “The Panthers are deeply committed to ensuring a safe, comfortable and diverse work environment where all individuals, regardless of sex, race, color, religion, gender, or sexual identity or orientation, are treated fairly and equally.”
Newton goes on to cite a source close to the situation in indicating that Fuller’s conduct toward women was “inappropriate.”
This is the first time that the Richardson-led scandal in Carolina has made its way on to the football field. It tells us a story of a culture issue within the Panthers’ organization more so than a situation that was limited to the owner himself.
Fuller had been an assistant with the Panthers since 2013. He was promoted to defensive backs coach last season.
A former fourth-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks, Fuller played in the NFL from 2001-2004. He had previously starred in college for Texas Christian.