Could Diddy, Colin Kaepernick and Steph Curry be the next owners of the Panthers?
Diddy wants to buy the Carolina Panthers — and go down in the history books in the process.
Not long after the news broke, a surprising (and surprisingly exciting) potential buyer emerged: the man currently known as Diddy, a.k.a. Sean Combs, a.k.a. Puff Daddy, a.k.a. P. Diddy. “There are no majority African American NFL owners. Let’s make history,” he tweeted Sunday night after current Panthers owner Jerry Richardson made it known he’d be putting the franchise on the market. “I will be the best NFL owner that you can imagine,” the music and fashion mogul, a.k.a. Sean Combs, explained in a video on Instagram. “I will immediately address the Colin Kaepernick situation and put him in the running for next year's starting quarterback.” Kaepernick has been unable to sign with a club following the controversy of him kneeling during the national anthem in protest. His activism inspired other athletes after President Trump suggested in September that those who kneel should be fired.
By Monday morning, Kaepernick had heard the news and was up for more than just a QB gig. “I want in on the ownership group! Let’s make it happen!,” he tweeted. Diddy also promised “the best halftime show, the best selection of music” and a Super Bowl victory. History has to wait a bit longer, however.
“I will put the team up for sale at the conclusion of this NFL season. We will not begin the sale process, nor will we entertain any inquiries, until the very last game is played,” Richardson said Sunday in a letter on the team’s website. The 81-year-old’s decision to sell comes while he is under investigation for alleged workplace misconduct.
“This is God’s work. It’s time!!,” Diddy said Sunday, posting a 2003 picture of himself wearing a Panthers jersey. “ATTN all @NFL owners, it’s time for diversity!! It’s time for Black ownership!! The time is now. Let’s make it happen!!”
Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry tweeted Sunday that he wants in, which is a good sign, because Diddy likely can’t buy the team solo. Earlier this year, Forbes guesstimated Diddy was the richest man in hip-hop, with a net worth around $820 million. But in 2016, the outlet estimated the value of the Carolina Panthers at $2.3 billion.
If Diddy were actually to buy the Panthers, a team Forbes values at $2.3 billion, he would be the first African-American majority owner of an NFL team. It goes without saying, but this would be a huge, long overdue moment in the league’s history. And it would be especially impactful right now, given the hateful cloud hanging over the sport thanks to racially-charged politicization from prominent white dolts like Papa John and the president of the United States.
For it to happen, Diddy would probably have to assemble an ownership group. Luckily, he’s already got a couple of noteworthy takers. For starters, NBA star Stephen Curry tweeted back at Diddy to tell him he wants in. And not content to just settle for being in the running for starting QB (especially when the Panthers already have a star quarterback in Cam Newton), Colin Kaepernick himself has thrown in with Diddy by tweeting also.
We're sure there are private jets flying to the nearest meet up spot to close this deal, but will the white NFL owners be welcoming to a black owner? Well of course they should, it shouldn't even be a question, but we all know that's the next battle to tackle! Coinkidink... tackle. That's what we do, everyday we tackle the next thing so let us all ride with Diddy because we know the people's voice matters now more than ever.