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- The Carolina Panthers have announced that billionaire hedge fund manager David Tepper has agreed to buy the team, a move some will view as a disappointing turn of events for the Panthers and the NFL.
- Tepper’s office reportedly once included giant brass testicles and few women.
- The Panthers were up for sale because of allegations of workplace sexual harassment against current owner Jerry Richardson.
The Carolina Panthers have announced that billionaire hedge fund manager David Tepper has agreed to buy the team, and some will view it as a disappointing turn of events for the Panthers and the NFL.
The Panthers, who were put up for sale following allegations of workplace sexual harassment by the former owner Jerry Richardson – are reportedly being sold to a person who has previously run offices steeped in an operating ethos of toxic masculinity.
“Tepper has a pair of brass testicles. Cartoonishly huge and grotesquely veiny, they are affixed to a plaque inscribed with the words THE MOST VALUABLE SET OF ALL TIME and are not at all out of place in Appaloosa’s offices, which resemble a high-end sports bar-all polished mahogany and flat-screen TVs and black-and-gold Steelers paraphernalia-or a wealthy frat house. (“We had this client, they make breast implants,” says a former employee. “He loved to keep them on the desk, he’d love to throw them around.”) Appaloosa is staffed almost entirely by men.”
Granted, one would probably be hard-pressed to find someone wealthy enough to own an NFL team who is also a model of 21st century wokeness, and Tepper has never been publicly accused of sexual harassment or misconduct. Still, it’s revealing that the NFL – who reportedly heavily preferred Tepper to end up with the team – has no problem with the Panthers going to a man who displayed a giant statue of brass testicles in a workplace with very few women.
The image is not good for a league that has a reputation of having little real concern females or for the office environment it creates for female employees. In addition, it gives the appearance that the sale of the Panthers was simply about the league getting away from Richardson and the negative public relations buzz he brought more than about pushing forward true progress within the organization.
Tepper and the NFL did not respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.