4 strangest offseason decisions by the Carolina Panthers in 2022

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Carolina Panthers cut ties with Rock Hill entirely

The plans were ambitious and industry-leading.

But it ended up being another stain on the Carolina Panthers and owner David Tepper.

With construction well underway and plans going as expected despite the obvious challenges due to COVID-19, Tepper delivered a bombshell to the team’s new headquarters in Rock Hill by halting everything due to a payment dispute.

Not only this, but the billionaire has now cut the project off entirely and made his building company bankrupt with millions being owed to the area. Something that enraged county officials and Tepper is now being sued for $21 million as a result.

Just who is to blame is debatable. But surely some middle ground could have been reached instead of things getting this far.

The art of negotiation was not deployed here outside of the original agreement. Now the Panthers are back to square one regarding a new facility to call their own.

Tepper’s honeymoon period is over. Fingers are now being pointed in his direction about the current state of affairs in Carolina and the Rock Hill situation is a microcosm of how things are transpiring under his ownership.