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  •  "The majority owners of Wild Wing Cafe (WWC) (5+ / 0-)

    and the WWC senior management team" presumably refers to the owners and management of the corporate headquarters, not the particular franchise where the discrimination occurred.  

    As noted above, the majority owner is Axum Capital Partners, which is a racially diverse investment company (two of the founders are black, two are white).  (PDF)

    I'm not an expert in franchise law, but I would expect that the corporate headquarters has recourse when misconduct by a particular franchisee has damaged the reputation of the chain as a whole.  On the other hand, there are going to be limitations on that recourse and a likelihood of litigation (much more so than when a business owner disciplines an employee), so it's not surprising that Axum would proceed carefully.

    On the other hand, the lack of any action (or, really, any acknowledgement that there was a problem other than a slow response to the complaint) on the part of the franchise owner, who could and should have responded swiftly, is very disturbing.


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      Wild Wings and retired Carolina Panthers star wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad.

      I know "Moose", and he is no stranger to racial - shall we say - insensitivity. Way back in 1996 or '97, when he was just a young receiver on a young NFL team, there was a widely-publicized incident where white starting quarterback Kerry Collins - himself a young recent draft pick - was heard casually blabbing the "n-word" around. My recollection is that Muhammad was either the subject of the comments or heard them. In any case, it was not a pleasant experience for Collins, Muhammad, or the Carolina Panthers. As an aside, just to demonstrate how ingrained racism is in our culture, even among people who should be most "color blind": professional athletes - a similar incident occurred just last month with white Philadelphia Eagles receiver Riley Cooper appeared in a cell phone video vowing "to fight every ('n-word')".

      In any case, Moose - one of the classiest and smartest people in the ranks of retired pro athletes that I know - has his work cut out for him on this mess. When news of this idiocy in his North Charleston restaurant first hit him, that "N-word barrage" by Collins must have come roaring back into his head as an unwanted memory. Frankly, I'm surprised that Corporate has been so restrained - even evasive - in their response. "Moose don't play around"; I don't think the "old Moose" would have been so slow to respond.

      I am confident that corporate will do the right thing. The incident in North Charleston was beyond unacceptable. A strong response from corporate is required, but it needs to be the right strong response. It's 3rd and 10 on the Panthers 15 in Super Bowl XXXVIII, the QB drops back to pass, and Moose is 45 yards downfield. He didn't drop the ball then; he can't drop it now.

      "Bernie Madoff's mistake was stealing from the rich. If he'd stolen from the poor he'd have a cabinet position." -OPOL

      by blue in NC on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 04:39:07 AM PDT

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