Jerry Richardson weeps on stage while talking about domestic violence

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson wept on stage as he tackled the topic of domestic violence.

"When it comes to domestic violence, my stance is not one of indifference," he said.

Richardson spoke to a packed crowd Wednesday night, as he accepted an award from the Echo Foundation. The group gave Richardson the award for his work promoting justice, tolerance and humanity.

"We have worked extremely hard to build an organization of integrity, and earn to trust your community," he said.

Richardson and Ron Rivera are currently dealing with an internal crisis on the team. In July, a judge convicted Greg Hardy of abusing his ex girlfriend. Hardy was not at practice on Wednesday.

"He had a personal day and that's it," Rivera said Wednesday.

The Charlotte Observer reports that Hardy met with his attorney instead of going to practice. Hardy is appealing his conviction and waiting for a jury trial.

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