Jerry Richardson taking care of Panthers employees
Jerry Richardson has been the most visible of the NFL owners to take a hard-line stance in the NFL’s labor situation.
Just follow the trail of money when the Carolina Panthers did a salary dump last year. But Richardson apparently doesn’t want the lockout to cost team employees. According to Darin Gantt of the Charlotte Observer, “Richardson has been vocal in recent weeks about his desire to keep things normal.”
That means no layoffs or furloughs are planned in the organization.
“He wants us to know he's serious about taking care of us, and that's something he takes pride in," one team employee told Gantt. "No one wants to take that for granted, but for now, he's telling us we're OK."
In hiring the new coaching staff, no provisions were put in the contracts of the coaches which called for a pay cut during a lockout. It’s good to see Richardson is at least treating his employees properly even if his players might look at his actions in a different light.
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