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The National Football League and its players’ union continue to butt heads over players kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice. Wouldn’t it be impressive if on game days players and their team could present a united statement on liberty and justice for all – one everybody could stand up for? 

It can be done, and the Carolina Panthers are just the team to do it. 

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Jerry Richardson was a community hero for bringing the NFL to Charlotte in 1993. As owner of the Panthers, he became affectionately known as The Big Cat.

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Before Dwight Clark made his now-immortalized catch in a 1982 NFC championship game, before he became Sports Illustrated's Player of the Year and before he became a two-time Super Bowl champion, he was a regular student at Garinger High School in east Charlotte, with dreams of one day playing in the big leagues.

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As the NFL owners meeting wrapped up Monday, Commissioner Roger Goodell defended the league’s ongoing investigation of sexual harassment and other workplace misconduct allegations against outgoing Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson.

Unveiling a new policy after months of controversy and debate over players taking a knee or otherwise making statements during the national anthem, the NFL says all of its athletes and staff "shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem" if they're on the field.

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Bidding for the Carolina Panthers has now reached $2.5 billion dollars, which would be a record for the sale of a U.S. pro sports franchise. That's according to Bloomberg News, which cites sources familiar with the bidding.  

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Panthers owner Jerry Richardson took himself out of the team’s front office Monday, and turned over day-to-day operations to fellow executive Tina Becker. That came a day after he announced he's selling the team, and amid an NFL investigation of misconduct allegations against him. The news has led to lots of speculation about the fate of both the owner and the team, including what the Panthers might sell for, and potential buyers.

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WFAE continues to report on the misconduct accusations against Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, and the sale of the team. What would you like to know?

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Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson is selling the team. Richardson, the team's only owner in its 23 seasons, made the announcement following Sunday's 31-24 win over the Packers - and on the same day that Sports Illustrated reported that at least four ex-employees received “significant monetary settlements,” stemming from inappropriate comments and behavior by Richardson.

Carolina Panthers Coach Ron Rivera talked about National Anthem protests at a press conference Monday.
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Updated 4:55 p.m.
More than a dozen New Orleans Saints knelt during the National Anthem before Sunday's game at Bank of America stadium, but no Carolina Panthers joined them. Protests around the NFL this weekend came in response to President Trump's comment that players should be fired if they kneel during the anthem. Panthers Coach Ron Rivera said Monday the protests aren't disrespectful.

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