The Carolina Panthers cut ties with a major local advertising partner after the company’s founder and CEO was revealed to have sent an email with racially-authorized comments.
Ken Gill, CEO of CPI Security, responded to a mass email from a nonprofit group called Queen City Unity ̵
Gill’s email was posted on Facebook by Jorge Millares, who runs the Queen City Unity group. Millares criticized Gill for “insensitive and racist comments” and called for a boycott of CPI Security.
“Last Saturday we said we are committed to doing our part and we believe it,” the team wrote in a statement published on social media Saturday night. “CPI Security has been a long-term partner, but upon reflection we feel it is right to end our relationship. We have informed Mr. Gill of our decision this evening.”
Gill issued an apology Friday in a statement, which read: “Regarding the email from me shared on social media, I would like to apologize for my comments, which did not directly relate to the public outcry of racism and equality in in the wake of George Floyd’s senseless killing.
“Let me say that CPI, and I personally, are against racism and discrimination of all kinds, and we actively support solutions like the new CMPD de-escalation training facility that will bring a positive change in our community. In addition, I fully support the call for racial and justice in our society and our country. “
Floyd, an African American, died in police custody on May 25 in Minneapolis after Officer Derek Chauvin, who is white, knelt on his neck for eight-plus minutes. Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter, while three other officers are charged with assault and murder.
The Panthers released a statement last Saturday that pledged to take “meaningful, sustained action to find solutions and enact changes so desperately needed to stop racial and social injustice.”
CPI had been a major sponsor for the team for several years, including advertising with former linebacker Luke Kuechly and star running back Christian McCaffrey.
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