There have been increased calls across the country to remove the statues of people with alleged racial biases and it eventually led to talk of an NFL owner.
According to Joe Bruno of WSOC-TV in Charlotte, the statue of former Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, who owned the Panthers from its founding in 1995 until he sold it to David Tepper in 2018, was coming down on Wednesday.
It may have seemed like it was a perminent thing, but the team would release a statement saying, they are moving it “in the interest of public safety.”
The statue, which was put outside the stadium in 2016, has been the center of social media speculation during protests in Charlotte.
When David Tepper was introduced as the Panthers’ new owner, he said he was “contractually obligated” to keep the statue of Richardson up.
“I’m contractually obligated to keep that statue as is,” Tepper said at the time.