Puff Daddy wants to buy the Carolina Panthers and
Puff Daddy feels like his dream of owning an NFL team have a chance to become a reality. Diddy first announced last October his desire to own an NFL team. With Jerry Richardson announcing he will be selling the Carolina Panthers after the 2017 season after it was revealed he reached settlement with four former employees over sexual misconduct allegations.
“Attention to the Carolina PANTHERS!! ATTENTION NFL! This is a chance to make history!!! There are NO AFRICAN AMERICAN MAJORITY OWNERS IN THE NFL!!!! I WOULD LIKE TO BUY THE CAROLINA PANTHERS!!! Let’s GOOOOOOO!!!!! Spread the word. Tell the world! No joke,” wrote Puff on Instagram.
The initial news of the sale was reported on the Carolina Panthers website. Owner,Jerry Richardson had announced his decision to sell off the Panthers by the end of the 2017 season, revealing in a letter: “I believe that it’s time to turn the franchise over to new ownership.”
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According to Sports Illustrated the “significant settlements” from Richardson came after he made inappropriate comments to women on jeans day. I guess this is another reason to not have casual Friday. He also made a racial slur to a former employee. The current value of the Panthers according to Forbes Magazine is 1.5 billion.
As for Puff, he’s hoping to remedy the league’s lack of minority owners by inserting his name into the race for ownership. “I will be the best NFL owner that you can imagine,” he said on his Instagram video. The hip-hop mogul also vowed to bring in Colin Kaepernick in hopes of reviving his career, following the controversy surrounding Kaepernick’s decision to kneel for the National Anthem, and his subsequent limbo as a seemingly blackballed free agent.
“I will immediately address the Colin Kaepernick situation and put him in the running for next year’s starting quarterback. It’s just competition baby, it’s just competition. But also, I will have the best halftime show, the best selection of music and we will win Super Bowl after Super Bowl.”
I guess Puff Daddy is willing to discard 3 time pro-bowler and 2015 MVP Cam Newton. That seems like an even trade Cam Newton for Colin Kaepernick. The NFL requires any new owner to purchase at least 30% of the team himself to prevent large groups from joining together to buy teams. The exception is the community owned Green Bay Packers. Puff Daddy is reportedly worth 820 million according to Forbes magazine.
After announcing his decision to seek ownership of the Panthers, NBA star (and Charlotte native) Stephen Curry chimed in and revealed his intentions to join Diddy on the huge power play. “I want in,” he tweeted.
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