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- Sean “Diddy” Combs announced on Twitter that he wanted to buy the Carolina Panthers of the NFL.
- This came after the team’s controlling owner, Jerry Richardson, announced he would sell the team after the season.
- Richardson is under fire after allegations of sexual harassment and use of a racial slur in the workplace surfaced.
- NBA star Stephen Curry says he wants to be part of Diddy’s ownership group.
The rap mogul and entrepreneur Sean “Diddy” Combs wants a piece of the NFL action, and the NBA superstar Stephen Curry wants to join him.
On Sunday night, Diddy said on Twitter that he wanted to buy the Carolina Panthers.
“I would like to buy the Panther,” Diddy wrote on Twitter. “Spread the word. Retweet!”
Curry, who grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is an avid Panthers fan, soon followed up by saying he wanted to be part of the ownership group.
This came after the team’s controlling owner, Jerry Richardson, announced his intention to the sell the team amid allegations of sexual harassment and use of a racial slur directed at a team scout.
The Panthers initially announced on Friday that they had begun investigating Richardson. On Sunday morning, it was announced that the NFL would take over the investigation after reports that other teams questioned the validity of the Panthers investigating their own owner. But after the bombshell allegations were published by Sports Illustrated, Richardson announced his intention to sell the team after the season.
Diddy followed up his initial proclamation by pointing out that none of the NFL’s controlling owners were African-American. He punctuated that tweet with the declaration “Let’s make history.”
According to Forbes, the Panthers are valued at $2.3 billion. Richardson owns 48% of the franchise. The ownership group paid $140 million to the NFL for the expansion team in 1993. If Richardson’s controlling stake is unchanged, his initial investment of roughly $70 million could net him something in the neighborhood of $1.1 billion.