Panthers’ sale to David Tepper closes; ex-owner Jerry Richardson issues statement

It’s official: David Tepper is the owner of the Carolina Panthers, succeeding Jerry Richardson. The team announced Monday that the sale of the franchise had closed.

“I am thrilled to begin this new era of Carolina Panthers football and am humbled by the overwhelming excitement and support for the team,” Tepper said in a statement on the team’s website. “On behalf of the fans and myself, I thank Jerry Richardson for bringing the team to the Carolinas and for entrusting me with its future. Winning is the most important thing both on the field and in the community, and I am committed to winning a Super Bowl championship together. I look forward to being part of the Panthers’ family and to supporting this flourishing region.”

Richardson had been the Panthers’ owner since their inception in 1993 until December 2017, when it was announced that he would give up control of the team following allegations of workplace misconduct. Last month, the NFL fined Richardson $2.75 million following an investigation that concluded the former owner had engaged in inappropriate behavior.

On Monday, Richardson also issued a statement:

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