CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jerry Richardson, owner of the Carolina Panthers, was given an award Wednesday for his business and civic contributions. During his speech, he talked about domestic violence and became so emotional he had to stop and collect himself multiple times.
“When it comes to domestic violence, my stance is not one of indifference,” Richardson said. “I stand firmly against domestic violence plain and simple.”
The Panthers’ Greg Hardy was convicted by a judge this summer for assaulting his former girlfriend. Some critics have called Richardson’s stance regarding the Hardy conviction lenient.
“To those who would suggest that we’ve been too slow to act, I ask that you consider not to be too quick to judge,” Richardson said.
The NFL has come under fire recently for its treatment of players accused of domestic violence.