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Earlier today, the Richardson statue was lifted off its pedestal by a crane and placed into a waiting flatbed truck.  The two panther statues that stood beside Richardson were also removed.

Jerry Richardson, 83, was the team’s founder and owner from its inception in 1993 until 2018.  In 2018, he sold the franchise to David Tepper.

The same year Richardson was under an NFL investigation that found him guilty of multiple instances of workplace misconduct.  He was later fined $2.75 million after the league’s months-long investigation substantiated allegations of both sexual and racial misconduct.

But the real reason the statue is being brought down is because of “public safety”.

The organization doesn’t know what will happen to the statue as of now.  But in it’s place, players recommended players like Luke Kuechly, Steve Smith and Julius Peppers, as well as longtime team security employee John Coleman.