Richardson sold the team to David Tepper in 2018 amid allegations of racial and sexual misconduct first reported at the end of the 2017 season.
“We were aware of the most recent conversation around the Richardson statue and are concerned that there may be attempts at disassembly,” said a team spokesperson. “We are moving the statue in the interest of public safety.”
The 13-foot statue was presented to Richardson in 2016 as a tribute to the team’s founder, who brought the NFL to the Carolinas in 1995.
In late 2017, the team announced that it was investigating Richardson for racial and sexual misconduct. This led to an NFL investigation, which resulted in a fine of $ 2.75 million.
This coincided with the sale of the team to Tepper for a $ 2.275 billion NFL record. There was a written clause in the sale saying that the statue could not be removed from its site.