Carolina Panthers owner and founder Jerry Richarson is under internal investigation for alleged workplace misconduct, ESPN's Jim Trotter first reported late Friday afternoon.
"The Carolina Panthers and Mr. Richardson take these allegations very seriously and are fully committed to a full investigation and taking appropriate steps to address and remediate any misconduct," Panthers spokesperson Steven Drummond said, via ESPN.
"The entire organization is fully 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. We have work to do to achieve this goal, but we are going to meet it."
Trotter reports that the investigation into Richardson, 81, is led by international law firm Quinn Emmanuel Urquhart and Sullivan LLP and will be overseen by Erskine Bowles, a minority owner and former White House Chief of Staff.
The team released its own statement confirming the investigation into Richardson.
"Erskine Bowles is a trusted leader of unquestioned integrity. We look forward to this report, which we know will be honest and thorough,” Drummond said.