CHARLOTTE, NC -- Carolina Panthers' owner Jerry Richardson said Sunday afternoon he's devoted to keeping the team in the Carolinas.
Richardson, who is the only owner the franchise has known in its 18 years of existence, was responding to rumors that surfaced earlier in the week that an offer from a group in Los Angeles was made to purchase the club and move it to the west coast.
"It has always been my desire that the Carolinas would be home to our Panthers," Richardson said in a statement that was released during the team's 36-14 home loss to the Denver Broncos. "Nothing has changed. As someone who was born in North Carolina and lived much of my life in South Carolina, I hope that there would be no doubts about my personal devotion to the Carolinas."
According to several reports, Richardson met with officials from Los Angeles during the Democratic National Convention, which was in Charlotte in early September. L.A. officials were intrigued that the Panthers are one of four franc...