they say lots of things. They often say them because they want to set the narrative and how things are viewed.
No one ever says the owner made me in real time for example. Even when that is the case. They will address those things in real time by saying spewing a bunch of bologna.
You "know" what Frank said based on what the Panthers wanted to you to think and know.
Owners often dictate realities. It's always spun that they didn't. Frank had that in Indy too. In real time, the Colts set a narrative of what they wanted fans to think. Reality, many things were just demands the owner sold as TOTALLY Frank's idea