Hip hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs said that he hopes to buy the Carolina Panthers, so he can sign Colin Kaepernick.
Hip hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs said that he hopes to buy the Carolina Panthers, so he can sign Colin Kaepernick after the team’s current owner, announced he will sell the franchise amid allegations of sexual misconduct.
“I would like to buy any of the @Panthers. Spread the word. Retweet!” Combs wrote on Twitter Sunday evening, noting that he could become the NFL’s first majority African American owner. “There are no majority African-American NFL owners. Let the history in.”
There are no majority African-American NFL owners. Let the history.
— Diddy (@Diddy) On December 18, 2017
Combs reiterated his interest later on Instagram and pledged to sign Kaepernick. He said that he would let the former 49ers quarterback to compete with Cam Newton for the starting position.
“I will direct the address of the Colin Kaepernick situation and puts him in the running for next year’s starting quarterback,” Diddy said in a video. “It’s just competition, baby. It’s just competition”
Kaepernick is not able to sign with a club following the controversy of him to kneel down during the national anthem in protest. His activism inspired other athletes, after President Trump suggested in September that those who kneel should be dismissed.
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The artist also said that he would like to improve the halftime shows. “I will be the best halftime show, the best selection of the music,” he said. “And we will win Super Bowl after the Super Bowl.”
Diddy’s interest in buying the Panthers comes after the current owner, Jerry Richardson, has decided to sell the team after sexual and racial misconduct allegations.
Richardson wrote in the open letter: “I think it’s time for the franchise to the new owner. Therefore will I make the team for the sale at the conclusion of the NFL season.” The letter did not address the allegations.
But despite Diddy’s desires, he might get into trouble with the purchase of the team. According to The New York Daily News, the Panthers team is worth $120 million more than the mogul, the total net value. The NFL teams also normally sell for more than their reported value.