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- The Carolina Panthers are unexpectedly on sale after current owner Jerry Richardson came under fire due to accusations of sexual misconduct and the use of a racial slur.
- Rap mogul Diddy expressed interest in buying the team.
- Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick also threw his hat into the ring, saying he would like to be a part of Diddy’s ownership group.
With the Carolina Panthers surprisingly soon to be on the market, the franchise is getting interest from a few unexpected new potential owners, including Sean “Diddy” Combs, Stephen Curry, and now Colin Kaepernick.
Hip hop mogul and entrepreneur Sean “Diddy” Combs was one of the first high-profile celebrities to express interest in owning the team, tweeting out on Sunday night “I would like to buy the @Panthers. Spread the word. Retweet!” to his 13.9 million followers.
Shortly after that, NBA superstar Stephen Curry threw his hat in the ring, quote-tweeting Diddy’s original message and adding “I want in!”
Now, former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is expressing interest in being involved as well. On Monday, Kaepernick also quote-tweeted Diddy, saying “I want in on the ownership group! Let’s make it happen!”
The tweet garnered more than 13,000 retweet and 33,000 likes in a little over an hour.
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Former athletes have begun to make the shift to owning teams, including Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, and more recently, Derek Jeter, who is now acting as the figurehead of the ownership group that recently purchased the Miami Marlins.
Additionally, American sports leagues have a significant lack of minority owners. With Shahid Khan, a Pakistani-American, as the only minority currently owning an NFL franchise, the time might be right for a group involving Diddy, Curry, and Kap to get together and make a bid for the Panthers.
As the sale of the team gets closer there’s no doubt that other bidders will make themselves clear, but the idea of that trio leading the Panthers and Bank of America Stadium playing “Bad Boy for Life” on a loop on gamedays is an exciting one.