The Carolina Panthers have moved the statue of team founder Jerry Richardson from outside their stadium amid concerns some people may try to take it down.
Richardson was fined $2.75million by the NFL in 2018 after an investigation into allegations of sexual and racial misconduct in the workplace.
Statues of individuals who have been found guilty of racism have been torn down in the United States in the wake of George Floyd's death.
There had been speculation that the monument was being targeted by protesters.
"We were aware of the most recent conversation surrounding the Jerry Richardson statue and are concerned there may be attempts to take it down," the Panthers said in a statement on Wednesday. "We are moving the statue in the interest of public safety."
Richardson founded the team in 1993 and owned the Panthers until 2018, when he sold the franchise to David Tepper following the NFL investigation.
Tepper he was "contractually obligated" to keep the 13-foot statue of Richardson outside of Bank of America Stadium as part of his deal to buy the Panthers.