By Ryan Velez
Jerry Richardson has made it official that he plans to sell the Carolina Panthers NFL team following a wave of s*xual harassment allegations, and the Daily Mail reports that Diddy is looking to throw his hat in the ring for ownership.
'I will be the best NFL owner that you can imagine,' the rapper-turned-entrepreneur said in a video message on Sunday. 'I will immediately address the Colin Kaepernick situation and put him in the running for next year's starting quarterback.'
'Also, I will have the best halftime show, the best selection of music, and we will win Super Bowl after Super Bowl,' Combs continued. Despite his business acumen, the Panthers are currently valued at $2.3. billion, well ahead of Combs’ $820 million net worth. He’ll need partners for a chance at a successful bid, and Steph Curry offered his help, though it’s not clear if this is possible for an active NBA player to have ownership in another sport.
This may seem like a far-off dream for a rapper to own an NFL team, seemingly the domain of old money, but if anyone was to break this barrier, Diddy would be likely to do it. Here’s some previous coverage about his wealth as the highest-earning man in hip-hop:
“This is pretty ironic, when you take into consideration that he hasn’t actually made any music in the past year, while many of his other contemporaries on the (Forbes) list have. Diddy’s take is $130 million.
The bulk of the factors behind Diddy’s earnings are launching his Bad Boy Records reunion tour in 2016 — as well as selling a portion of his Sean Jean clothing company, which brought in an estimated $70 million.
“I’ve always understood that if I give the customers my best and service them differently, whether music, clothing or vodka, I’ll get a return on my hard work,” Combs said to Forbes. As a note, he also took the No. 1 spot on Forbes’ richest hip-hop artists of 2017 list earlier this year.
Second on the list is Drake, earning $94 million thanks to his Boy Meets World Tour, music releases (“Views,” “More Life”) and partnerships with technology companies Apple and Sprint and athletic wear brand Nike. Rounding out the top 5 are JAY-Z, Dr.Dre, and Chance The Rapper. Other notable people on the list are Nicki Minaj, the sole female artist in the group, and Lil Yachty, #20 and the youngest artist on the list.”