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CEO's comments cost firm partnerships with North Carolina's NFL team, schools

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Posted at 4:06 PM, Jun 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-08 09:12:23-04

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers and two universities have canceled partnerships with a North Carolina home security company after company’s CEO told an activist he should focus on black-on-black crime rather than the George Floyd protests.

CPI Security CEO Ken Gill apologized for his comments Saturday on Twitter.

Still, the NFL’s Carolina Panthers said they were ending their relationship with CPI.

The athletics programs at North Carolina State and the University of South Carolina followed suit on Sunday. The controversy began when a Charlotte activist sent out a mass email calling for action in response to the death of George Floyd.

Gill told the activist to “spend your time in a more productive way. ... A better use of time, would be to focus on the black on black crime and senseless killing of our young men by other young men.”