David Tepper is now under criminal investigation related to the blunder that was the Rock Hill practice facility. Yeah, this one just isn’t going away no matter how badly Tepper wants it to. The investigation is regarding possible misuse of public funds according to a Charlotte Observer report. As you probably well know, the facility was an $800 million project that would have included the team headquarters, offices, sports medicine complex, as well as hotels and entertainment options. But Tepper and his company GT Real Estate pulled out of the construction and left the city with a half-built complex.
Tepper In The Carolinas
This is just one of the reasons Tepper is not so popular in the Carolinas. The investigation is being led by the York County Sheriff’s office. Just because David Tepper is under criminal investigation is taking place does not mean Tepper or anyone involved in the project is guilty of a crime. The investigation is just that, looking into seeing whether or not any legal wrongdoing occurred. Both parties in the dispute seem to indicate that the shutdown was due to the fault of the other party. And quite frankly, while I’ve made my feelings about the Panthers owner known, I don’t truly know who is at fault in this situation. I do know that he hasn’t made a lot of friends in his tenure here. And most of his decisions regarding the team leave a lot to be desired.
What I do know is we are most likely stuck with him for the long haul, though Tepper was to be charged criminal with the misuse of funds that could change things. So while he is here hopefully we can make the most of what we are given. But boy would it be nice to see a successful team and a hands-off owner.
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