Should David Tepper be forced to sell the Carolina Panthers after throwing a drink on a Jacksonville Jaguars fan after the Jaguars shut out the Panthers? The short answer to this question is no. Should there be a hefty fine? Absolutely, but forced to sell the team? No.
Although I don't think he should sell the team because of this one incident, I do think he should sell the team because he sucks. Hopefully, the incident in Jacksonville will be enough to get the owners to consider forcing Tepper to sell the team.
Since Tepper's arrival as the Owner of the Carolina Panthers, the team has yet to have a winning season and has failed to reach playoffs. With their loss against Jacksonville, the Panthers are now 31-67 under Tepper. No winning seasons, no playoff appearances, and three different coaches. There's one common denominator here.
Carolina has no consistency, as Frank Reich was the third head coach for Carolina to be fired since Tepper bought the team. Inconsistency comes with its own set of issues that add to the problems of having a micromanager who knows nothing about football as your team owner. Different coaches want and need different things. Having to change the way things are done three different times in six years not only means team chemistry is down, but it is also a factor that free agents look at when considering their options. Players on the Panthers have voiced their concerns over the inconsistency of the organization, as OLB Brian Burns was quoted stating, "I don't think they should touch the defense at all," according to panthers.com.
Lastly, Tepper completely destroyed the culture the 2015 Carolina Panthers laid the foundation for. Although the season before Tepper's arrival the Panthers went 7-9, fans still took great pride in their team. Tickets to games weren't less than $1, and The Bank was the place to be on Sundays, regardless of how good or bad the team was doing. Charlotte has been a ghost town on Sundays this season, and the Duke's Mayo Bowl has been the most exciting event at the Bank of America Stadium since the beginning of this season.
It is possible that Tepper will be forced to sell the team. For that to be possible, 3/4 (or 24) NFL team owners must vote for the forced sale of an NFL franchise according to Article VIII, Section 8.13 of the NFL bylaws. According to Pro Football Network, Tepper is the third most wealthy NFL owner with a net worth of $15.3 Billion. I'm a bit of a conspiracy theorist regarding these things, but even if it went to a vote on whether or not Tepper will be forced to sell the team, I believe he can buy a few votes to swing in his favor.
This next week or two will be telling on how the NFL wants to move forward with the Dysfunctional Tepper. Fans can only hope and pray for the best.