CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A day after announcing plans to sell the team, Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richarson will step aside from the team's day-to-day operations Monday evening.

The Carolina Panthers announced Tina Becker will take over as the Chief Operating Officer with day-to-day management of the team.

Tina Becker, photo submitted by the Carolina Panthers.
Tina Becker, photo submitted by the Carolina Panthers.

“These have been some of the most difficult days of my 19 years with the Panthers, but I am lifted up by the strong resolve and the commitment our employees have shown to this organization,” Becker said in a statement. “Our team on the field is performing at a very high level, and I believe is bound for the Super Bowl."

Becker, who was once a Top Cat dancer, worked her way up the Panthers' ladder by being involved in the team's business operations, ticketing and sponsorship, stadium operations, entertainment and fan engagement.

Becker said her immediate focus as the team's new COO is to make sure the corporate side of the organization performs at "the same high level."

The announcement comes the day after Sports Illustrated published a report alleging that Richardson paid off "significant monetary settlements" due to inappropriate workplace comments and conduct.

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