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Panthers players had ‘great’ talk with new owner about anthem policy

Carolina Panthers new owner David Tepper made a great first impression on the team’s players during a recent meeting, according to veteran safety Mike Adams.

Tepper, whose purchase the Panthers for $2.2 billion was approved by NFL owners earlier this month, flew from Atlanta to Charlotte only a day after taking over official control of the team to meet with some players, including team captains and other veteran leaders.

Adams characterized the visit as an encouraging one for the players.

“It went great,” Adams said after Tuesday’s OTA session, via the Charlotte Observer. “Rarely do you see an owner come in and want to rush from the owners meeting and just conversate with the guys. Just talk about everything, us as a team.”

Adams revealed part of the players’ conversation with Tepper revolved around the NFL’s new anthem policy. Approved by owners last week, the controversial new policy has inspired no shortage of discussion and debate.

“That was addressed. We talked about that,” Adams said. “It was an open conversation and that’s going to be an ongoing conversation all year long – with every team. And you know that. Everyone’s going to be all over that.”

Adams left the meeting encouraged by how Tepper appeared to be supportive of the players’ concerns.

“He let it be known that we have a voice. He understands that we have a voice,” Adams said. “And he understands that he has a voice, too. And he would like to help us with that in different ways.”

How Tepper’s support will translate into action if and when Panthers players decide to violate the new anthem policy in some manner of course remains to be seen. That said, Tepper certainly appeared to get off on the right foot with Panthers players.