The Carolina Panthers have opened an investigation into allegations of workplace misconduct against owner and founder Jerry Richardson. In a statement Friday obtained by ESPN, team spokesman Steven Drummond acknowledged accusations had been made against Richardson, 81. "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 said. "The entire organization is fully committed to ensuring a safe, comfortable and diverse work environment where all individuals, regardless of sex, race, color, religion, gender, or sexual identity or orientation, are treated fairly and equally. We have work to do to achieve this goal, but we are going to meet it." Richardson became the first former NFL player since George Halas to own an NFL team when he was awarded an expansion franchise on Oct. 26, 1993.