Jerry Richardson made multiple payouts for workplace misconduct, including sexual harassment, sources tell Sports Illustrated

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Owner of the Carolina Panthers, Jerry Richardson, talks to quarterback Cam Newton before their game against the Oakland Raiders at Bank of America Stadium on December 23, 2012, in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – More details have been released about the workplace misconduct allegations against Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson.

Sports Illustrated reported on Sunday that at least four former Panthers employees have received “significant” monetary settlements due to inappropriate workplace comments and conduct by Richardson.

The conduct reportedly included “sexually suggestive language and behavior” and at least on one occasion, a racial slur.

The parties involved are forbidden to discuss the details as part of non-disclosure requirements that came with the settlements, according to the Sports Illustrated report.

On Friday, the Panthers announced that Richardson is being investigated for alleged workplace misconduct.

The team posted the following statement to its website:

“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,” team spokesman Steven Drummond said in a statement. “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.”

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