Panthers' defensive backs coach resigns after workplace misconduct investigation

Ruben Hill
May 5, 2018

Wednesday, Panthers defensive backs coach Curtis Fuller resigned, seemingly out of nowhere, without any specific reason given.

The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation involved a personnel matter. Though the content of the notes was deemed inappropriate, it was reportedly the volume of messages that presented the main issue. It is unclear what action was taken.

Fuller, 39, had been on coach Ron Rivera's staff since 2013 and was named defensive backs coach past year after Steve Wilks' promotion to defensive coordinator.

"It's a complicated situation", he told the Charlotte Observer, telling a reporter from the paper that he should talk to Fuller himself.

"After approaching Coach Fuller with the findings of an investigation into complaints of inappropriate conduct, we accepted his resignation", team spokesperson Steven Drummond said in a statement, via ESPN's David Newton. He was the assistant defensive backs/nickels coach in 2016, assistant special teams/nickels coach in 2015, defensive assistant/defensive backs coach in 2014 and coaching assistant in 2013.

The resignation occurred while the National Football League continues to investigate team owner Jerry Richardson for sexual harassment and workplace misconduct.

The Panthers released a statement Thursday in response to Sports Illustrated's report, saying the organization has "taken the appropriate steps to remediate any misconduct and ensure a safe and comfortable work environment" since it began its initial workplace misconduct probe.

Meanwhile, the independent investigation of Richardson - led by former Securities and Exchange Commission chair Mary Jo White - has stretched into its fourth month.

The woman called the NFL's investigation into Richardson "a farce". Through my attorney, I let you know that I am indeed a victim of such "misconduct" and have information for you-but you can not protect me.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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