Tina Becker

Panthers COO Tina Becker Resigns

David Tepper is officially the new owner of the Panthers, and he is clearing house. On Monday, the Panthers announced the resignation of COO Tina Becker

Becker was promoted to COO less than seven months ago in the wake of the Jerry Richardson scandal. She is parting ways with the organization after 19 years of service and the club has yet to settle on her replacement.

Becker’s role did not include football operations, but she was responsible for the daily operation of the organization during her short tenure on top. Her replacement may or may not have a role in the roster, but that person could theoretically impact Tepper’s view of GM Marty Hurney. For now, both Hurney and coach Ron Rivera appear to be safe under the team’s new ownership.

Under the Panthers’ new leadership, they’ll look to erase the memory of Richardson’s improper workplace behavior. On the field, they’ll seek to return to the playoffs for the fifth time in five years and capture their first ever Super Bowl win.

 

Jerry Richardson Cedes Control Of Panthers

The Panthers announced that owner Jerry Richardson will step away day-to-day management of the team. Executive Tina Becker has been named COO and will take over immediately. Jerry Richardson (vertical)

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These have been some of the most difficult days of my 19 years with the Panthers, but I am lifted up by the strong resolve and the commitment our employees have shown to this organization,” Becker said in a statement released by the Panthers. “Our team on the field is performing at a very high level, and I believe is bound for the Super Bowl. My immediate focus will be to ensure the corporate side of the organization performs at the same high level, while addressing the real concerns that have been raised in recent days.”

On Friday, we learned that the NFL is investigating Richardson for alleged workplace misconduct. It is alleged that Richardson made inappropriate sexual comments towards female Panthers employees and also aimed a racial slur at a black scout. There also may have been improper touching of female employees. Soon after the news broke, Richardson announced that he would be selling the franchise.

Richardson, 81, has been the only owner the Panthers have ever known in their 22-year history.

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