BY SCOTT FOWLER
Updated April 26, 2018 09:42 PM
If you care about the NFL, the first round of the NFL draft usually feels a little like Christmas in April.
But it didn’t feel like that Thursday afternoon, and that had nothing to do with what the Carolina Panthers were planning to do in their draft room a few hours later. It had everything to do, however, with Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, another round of sexual harassment allegations from Sports Illustrated and an explosive accusation that the ongoing NFL investigation of Richardson is a “farce.”
So it was hard to enjoy the run-up to the draft, because there was this vague sense of creepiness emanating from Bank of America Stadium. When the hometown team and a cadre of loyal employees has allegedly coddled, protected and cleaned up the messes of its 81-year-old owner for so many years, whether the Panthers pick a wide receiver or a cornerback in the first round doesn’t seem so important anymore.
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