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|While new Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper would like the focus to be on his plans for the team's future Duke Dawson Jersey , he cannot completely put the franchise's sullied past behind him. Tepper has to keep the prominent statue of Panthers' founder Jerry Richardson outside of the stadium as part of the NFL-record $2.2 billion deal he agreed to in June after Richardson decided to sell the team in December amid reports of sexual and racial misconduct in the workplace.
Tepper said Tuesday when he was introduced as the team's new owner that he's "contractually obligated" to keep the 13-foot high statue of Richardson standing alongside two growling panthers where it is.
The league substantiated the allegations against Richardson following a six-month investigation and fined him $2.75 million.
Fans have expressed their desire on social media and sports talk shows to remove the statue, which was built in 2016.
And while Tepper said contractually he can't do that, he spoke repeatedly about changing the environment of the Panthers workplace.
Tepper said there will be "no impediment" in employees feeling comfortable coming forward if they if they have any problems on the business side of the organization.
He wants to create an environment where "everybody feels safe like a family."
Sports Illustrated reported in December, citing unnamed sources, that Richardson made sexually suggestive comments to women and on at least one occasion directed a racial slur at an African-American Panthers scout. The report states that he reached settlements that included non-disclosure requirements forbidding the parties from discussing the details.
"Listen, whatever was, was. This is now," Tepper said. "This is going to be an open place. So there are not going to be non-disclosure agreements, no matter what, in this new place. That was then, this is now."
The Panthers are only tied to Charlotte through June 2019 in terms of a stadium agreement Ryan Fitzpatrick Jersey , but Tepper reiterated the city is "the most logical place" to keep the team, although adding that a "redo" is necessary.
The Panthers and the city of Charlotte came to an agreement on improvements for the team's stadium in 2013, calling for the city to contribute about $87 million for renovations to Bank of America Stadium in exchange for a six-year hard tether to keep the NFL franchise in Charlotte.
Tepper's focus right now is on new practice facilities.
He said the Panthers are "falling behind a little bit" other teams in the league.
He is considering moving the team's practice facilities to South Carolina, in part to keep both states interested in the team. The Panthers currently practice on three fields within walking distance to their downtown stadium. Tepper said that valuable land could be used for developmental purposes.
Tepper, who grew up playing football, also said he wants more events at the team's stadium, including high school state championship football games and the "right kind of concerts."
He is excited about the football side of the team, praising two-time AP Coach of the Year Ron Rivera and his hiring of new offensive coordinator Norv Turner to replace Mike Shula.
"I'm not looking to do too much there," Tepper said of the coaching side.
However, Tepper plans to hire a new team president to replace Danny Morrison, who left last year Brent Urban Jersey , and former COO Tina Becker, who resigned on Monday after seven months in the position. He said he has two replacement candidates in mind, both with some marketing background.
He also likes the makeup of the team's roster with training camp right around the corner, citing how involved players are in the community and charity work.
He cited Spider-Man, saying that "with great power comes great responsibility."
It would be a bit disingenuous to say the fate of the Kansas City Chiefs this season rests on the strong right arm of Patrick Mahomes II considering the second-year pro has started all of one NFL game. Still, that’s how most people view the Chiefs as they report to training camp.
Yet the reality is there are a number of question marks as the club packs its trucks and makes the hour-long drive north to Missouri Western State University.
Mahomes may be the biggest, but the way these questions sort out will ultimately determine whether a franchise that went to the playoffs four times in five years under quarterback Alex Smith can win a third straight AFC West title.
There are holes everywhere on defense. There is a new offensive coordinator and a few new assistant coaches. There is a leadership and experience void after the departure of longtime linebackers Tamba Hali and Derrick Johnson. And some crucial players are coming off major injuries.
In short, the Chiefs could be very good this season. Or they could be very bad.
Good luck trying to peg where they end up.
”We have a lot of new faces and we welcome new faces,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid conceded, ”but they’re learning and they’ve got great energy.”
As the Chiefs’ rookies, quarterbacks and selected veterans report to camp on Sunday Vernon Hargreaves III Jersey , here are some of the crucial story lines to watch throughout August and into September:
MAHOMES THE MAN: The team turns to the former Texas Tech star after Smith was traded to Washington this past offseason. The Chiefs traded up to select him 10th overall then gave him a redshirt season to learn the ropes, only to watch him dazzle in a Week 17 win at Denver when Smith and most of the starters got the weekend off.
The Chiefs have tried to help him out. They signed Sammy Watkins to pair with speedster Tyreek Hill in a potentially lethal wide receiver combo, and tight end Travis Kelce and running back Kareem Hunt give Kansas City perhaps the most talented skill position group in the league.
”Me and Patrick have a great bond. I feel like he is going to do great,” said Hunt, the NFL rushing champion as a rookie last season. ”He definitely already has a leader role and he is just able to go out there and make big plays. I am excited to see him get out there.”
CORNERBACK COMPETITION: The Chiefs traded talented malcontent Marcus Peters to the Rams, hoping the improved locker-room atmosphere would offset the loss of a skilled playmaker. Now, the Chiefs will have to find two new starting cornerbacks after also releasing veteran Terrance Mitchell.
Kendall Fuller came over in the Smith trade and is the front-runner for one job, and Steven Nelson is the leading candidate at the other, provided he can stay healthy. But keep an eye on Raiders castoff David Amerson, former third-round pick Will Redmond and rookies Tremon Smith and Arrion Springs.
Smith was the Chiefs’ sixth-round pick out of Central Arkansas while Springs impressed during the team’s voluntary summer workouts as an undrafted free agent out of Oregon.
INJURY ISLAND: The Chiefs will rely heavily on Eric Berry to lead this season, but they also need him to perform at a Pro Bowl level again after tearing his Achilles tendon in last season’s opener.
Wide receiver Chris Conley will likewise be counted upon after a season-ending injury in Week 5.
NEW VOICES: Eric Bieniemy was promoted to offensive coordinator after Matt Nagy took the top job in Chicago Eric Berry Jersey , which means Mahomes will have a new voice in his ear. And a loud one, too. There are few coaches that have the ability to bark quite like the former NFL running back.
The Chiefs also have a new quarterbacks coach in Mike Kafka and decided to split the linebackers job between outside coach Mike Smith and inside coach Mark DeLeone.
OTHER JOBS: Backup jobs on offense are wide open: Jace Amaro and Tim Wright will compete for tight end time, Spencer Ware and Damien Williams are fighting for time behind Hunt, and DeMarcus Robinson, Jehu Chesson, De’Anthony Thomas and undrafted rookie Byron Pringle are in the mix at wide receiver.
On defense, Derrick Nnandi and Xavier Williams are trying to replace Bennie Logan at nose tackle, and rookie Breeland Speaks should push Allen Bailey for the starting defensive end job.
In the defensive backfield, keep an eye on rookies Armani Watts and Dorian O’Daniel as they compete for the starting free safety job. Roster holdover Leon McQuay could also be in the mix.
”This organization is full of winners,” defensive end Chris Jones said. ”Everybody is eager to win and they are going to take the necessary steps to put the pieces together.”
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