Following the conclusion of the sale of the Carolina Panthers, David Tepper addressed the media for the first time as the new owner of the team.
Tepper faced questions regarding the future of the team’s playing and practice facilities, league-wide issues plaguing the NFL, and also regarding the inter-office abuse scandals that forced previous owner Jerry Richardson to sell the team.
The former Steelers minority owner seemed somewhat evasive with regards to the franchise’s past, but promised a family atmosphere under his watch:
Many Panthers fans and Carolina natives have expressed a two-pronged concern with regards to the Panthers future with regards to their location.
Charlotteans would like the stadium to remain as is, but South Carolina natives would like more of a connection to the franchise outside of the Training Camp Headquarters in Spartanburg.
Tepper says he’s in the midst of evaluating those concerns:
Reporters also confronted Tepper about the issues that the NFL continues to deal with including the players concerns regarding social justice and the impending collective-bargaining agreement negotiations:
Tepper added also that he’s contractually obligated to keep the statue of Jerry Richardson in front of Bank of America Stadium. The Panthers open training camp at Wofford on July 26th.