By Ryan Velez
When we reported about Diddy making an ownership bid for the Carolina Panthers, we mentioned that others would need to be partners with him to make a serious offer. We also mentioned that it would be easy for a cynical person to say this is all a publicity stunt. However, at least one potential partner, the NBA’s Steph Curry, is not just making idle talk.
In an interview on Christmas Day with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, Curry said, “I’m serious, I’m really serious about that,” per the transcript shared by Nichols. “I think it’s such a unique opportunity to impact my hometown. Just an unprecedented, unique situation, and knowing kind of what the storylines are around the NFL right now maybe having a hand in that. So we’ll see how that plays out and whoever wants to come watch Cam (Newton) and everybody, hopefully win Super Bowls.”
Here is some of our previous coverage of this ongoing story. “This would make him the first African-American majority owner of an NFL team, though Diddy would likely need partners in order to put together an acceptable bid. The current owner, Jerry Richardson, made the decision to sell the team after being accused of s*xual and racial harassment from several people over the years. Diddy getting the nod here would be a great sign of progress, but would Kraft and other owners be willing to vote to let the motion go through?
Diddy already has some plans, including utilizing Colin Kaepernick. “I will immediately address the Colin Kaepernick situation and put him in the running for next year’s starting quarterback,” Diddy said in a video posted to Instagram. “It’s just competition, baby. It’s just competition.” One can only wonder how current quarterback Cam Newton feels about this unexpected competition, considering that he has performed well, even getting a Super Bowl appearance to his name.
Kaepernick, on the other hand, is more interested in ownership, it would seem. “I want in on the ownership group! Let’s make it happen!” he tweeted. Over the last year, Kaepernick has taken advantage of his time off the field to become a flashpoint for social justice issues in the NFL and beyond. It certainly makes sense for him to try to get in a position of leadership following this. Public displays are one thing, but business power is another way to get things done. With Diddy and Kaepernick working together, the NFL may be able to see some meaningful changes.”