According to an anonymous source, new owner of the Carolina Panthers David Tepper met with captains and other leaders of the Panthers in a meeting late last week. The source insisted on their anonymity due to the private nature of the meeting. Tepper was voted in unanimously as the new owner of the Panthers by other owners last Tuesday, shortly after he reportedly acquired the team for 2.2 billion dollars.
Two days after his confirmation, on Thursday, Tepper held his meeting with the team’s leadership elements. In between those two days came national headlines when the NFL announced a controversial new policy on players protesting police brutality during the national anthem. The new policy states that players will be fined for partaking in the protests, which first began two years ago. The NFL did give players the option to remain in the locker room without punishment if they so chose. The topic was said to have been part of the meeting Tepper held with his new team.
The new policy has been explicitly linked with President Donald Trump, when the protests begun by Colin Kaepernick were inflamed by condemnation by the president, with majorities of teams and even managers joining in the kneeling protests at points late in 2017. Tepper has a history of aligning against the president, and there is speculation that he may adopt a similar stance as Christopher Johnston, co-owner of the New York Jets, who said he would front any fines that his players incurred.
Tepper will officially become the owner of the Panthers in July, when he will be able to vote on NFL policy. Until then it is unlikely the hard details of the meeting will become public.