With racial tensions casting a pall over American soccer, rap mogul Diddy desires to purchase the Carolina Panthers and develop into the primary African American proprietor of an NFL workforce.
The New York rapper, estimated by Forbes journal to be price $820 million, voiced his curiosity as Panthers proprietor and founder Jerry Richardson stepped down within the wake of sexual harassment allegations.
“I would like to buy the @Panthers. Spread the word,” tweeted Diddy, who’s also called Puff Daddy and whose actual title is Sean Combs.
“There are no majority African American NFL owners. Let’s make history,” he wrote.
After Diddy’s preliminary tweets late Sunday, two African American sporting stars mentioned they wished to hitch his bid — Colin Kaepernick and Steph Curry.
Kaepernick, a former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, started a motion of gamers kneeling relatively than holding their hearts throughout the nationwide anthem as a protest in opposition to police brutality and different racial injustices within the United States.
Kaepernick not has a job — retaliation, his supporters say, for his outspoken politics — and President Donald Trump has seized on the difficulty, demanding that homeowners punish athletes who don’t stand for the anthem.
Amid Trump’s assaults on the athletes, Curry, a history-making shooter for the Golden State Warriors, mentioned he wouldn’t need to go to the White House along with his NBA championship-winning workforce.
While greater than two-thirds of gamers within the National Football League are black, just one workforce has an proprietor who’s an ethnic minority — the Jacksonville Jaguars, who’re owned by Pakistani-born tycoon Shahid Khan.
Only one workforce in all sports activities has a black proprietor — the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets, whose controling curiosity is held by basketball legend Michael Jordan.
Still, Diddy would face forbidding odds to purchase the Panthers. The transfer would want approval from different NFL homeowners, a few of whom is likely to be loath to a deal that provides a task to Kaepernick.
The hard-living Diddy has additionally had his personal share of controversy, together with his arrest on weapons fees after a 1999 capturing at a New York membership, though he was acquitted.
Diddy, 48, was ranked the world’s top-paid movie star on the final Forbes checklist in June, raking in $130 million within the earlier 12 months.
Outside of music, his enterprise empire contains vogue traces and a stake in French-made Ciroc vodka.