What are the worst moments for each NFL franchise? Yahoo Sports provides our opinion, which you are free to disagree with (and we’re sure you will).
An undrafted rookie out of Lane College, Fred Lane rushed for more than 2,000 yards in three seasons with the Carolina Panthers before being traded to the Indianapolis Colts in April 2000. Three months later, he was dead. Lane, 24, was shot and killed by his estranged wife, Deidra, as he entered his Charlotte home in July 2000. Deidra Lane pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in 2003 and served nearly six years in prison before being released in 2009. Lane was the leading rusher in Panthers history at the time of his death.
On Dec. 14, 2017, Jerry Richardson was considered one of the most powerful owners in the NFL. On Dec. 15, a story broke of Richardson’s alleged misconduct in the workplace. On Dec. 17, Richardson announced he would put the team up for sale. It was a swift and stunning turn of events for the only owner the franchise has ever known, for the man who brought professional football to the Carolinas more than two decades earlier. According to a Sports Illustrated report, four former employees had received monetary settlements due to Richardson’s “inappropriate workplace comments and conduct,” which were reportedly both sexual and racial in nature. Two days later, the Panthers were for sale. In a statement announcing his intention to sell, the 81-year-old Richardson did not address the allegations, but it’s clear: in a highly charged time, when tolerance for this kind of conduct was coming under intense scrutiny, Jerry Richardson made the only decision he could to avoid subjecting himself and potentially other owners to uncomfortable investigations, now and in the future.
The start of the 2015 season couldn’t have been much better for the Panthers, and the ending couldn’t have been much worse. Carolina won its first 14 games, Newton won league MVP and the team reached Super Bowl 50 … and then the roof fell in. Newton struggled mightily during the 24-10 loss to the Denver Broncos – 18-of-41 passing for 265 yards with no TDs and one INT, plus he did not jump on his own fumble late in the game. And the quarterback didn’t do himself any favors in his postgame news conference. He gave short answers and looked more like a pouting child than a man who could lead a team to a championship.
Worst moments in Carolina Panthers history beginning with John Kasay’s kick off in Super Bowl XXXVIII, giving the Patriots a chance.
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