Panthers owner Jerry Richardson watches his team warm up before...

Panthers owner Jerry Richardson watches his team warm up before a game against the Falcons in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016. Credit: AP / Mike McCarn

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers say they have launched an internal investigation into workplace misconduct allegations against founder and owner Jerry Richardson.

The team said Friday former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles is overseeing the investigation by a Los Angeles-based law firm.

Team spokesman Steven Drummond said in a release that “The Carolina Panthers and Mr. Richardson take these allegations very seriously and are fully committed to a full investigation and taking appropriate steps to address and remediate any misconduct.”

Drummond told The Associated Press the team couldn’t comment publicly on the specifics of the allegations because it is under review.

The 81-year-old Richardson brought NFL football to the Carolinas in 1993.

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