The billionaire owner of the Carolina Panthers, David Tepper, received a slap on the wrist from the NFL on Tuesday evening for his „unacceptable behavior“ during the Panthers‘ 0-26 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Tepper was fined $300,000 by the league after a video surfaced of him throwing a drink at the Jaguars‘ fans from his owner’s suite at EverBank Stadium in Jacksonville.
„All NFL employees are expected to comport themselves in a manner that respects our fans and reflects positively on their teams and the NFL,“ the league said in a statement, according to ESPN.
Tepper released a statement on Tuesday following the fine imposed on him, notably lacking an apology.
„I am deeply sorry for this team and regret my behavior on Sunday,“ Tepper wrote in the statement, according to Joe Person of The Athletic. „I should have entrusted the NFL stadium security with all the issues that arose. I respect the NFL’s code of conduct and accept the league’s discipline for my behavior.“
The hedge fund manager of Appaloosa Management and former Goldman Sachs analyst is valued at an estimated $18.5 billion, according to Forbes. Tepper purchased the Panthers in July 2018 for a record $2.4 billion. Since taking over, the team has gone 31-67, has used eight different starting quarterbacks, and will be hiring their fourth head coach this offseason.
The Tepper outburst is simply the latest in a long history of irate owners. He is also not the first to target opposing fans. The late owner of the Tennessee Titans, Bud Adams, was fined $250,000 for flipping off Buffalo Bills fans during a 41-17 victory. While there is precedent for suspending owners from attending games, neither Tepper nor Adams were suspended for directly antagonizing opposing fans.