Hip-hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs wants to become the first black NFL owner in history after Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson put the team up for sale in the wake of numerous workplace misconduct complaints, The Huffington Post reports.
“I would like to buy the Panthers,” Diddy tweeted Sunday. “There are no majority African American NFL owners. Let’s make history.”
There are no majority African American NFL owners. Let’s make history.
— Diddy (@Diddy) December 18, 2017
“ATTN all @NFL owners, it’s time for diversity!! It’s time for Black ownership!!” he added. “The time is now. Let’s make it happen!!”
This picture was taken back in 2003. This is God’s work. It’s time!!
ATTN all @NFL owners, it’s time for diversity!! It’s time for Black ownership!!
The time is now. Let’s make it happen!! pic.twitter.com/zex7LTZ8mn
— Diddy (@Diddy) December 18, 2017
Diddy said on Instagram that he would immediately sign free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has been blacklisted by the league after starting the racial injustice protests during the national anthem before games.
“I will be the best NFL owner that you can imagine,” Diddy said in an Instagram video. “I will immediately address the Colin Kaepernick situation and put him in the running for next year’s starting quarterback.”
Kaepernick replied on Twitter, saying he wants to be part of the ownership group.
I want in on the ownership group! Let’s make it happen! https://t.co/sDR4ciciY8
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) December 18, 2017
NBA star and North Carolina native Steph Curry also tweeted, “I want in!”
I️ want in! https://t.co/XvvC1vo7xI
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) December 18, 2017
The Panthers already have a Pro Bowl quarterback in Cam Newton.
Kaepernick has been out of a job since March and has not been called by any teams to work out for a position.
Diddy said back in 2013 that it was his dream to become the first black majority owner of an NFL team.
“I have aspirations to become ― it will happen ― to become the first African-American majority owner,” he told Bloomberg. “Not having a small stake but actually owning an NFL team. I think it’s time for that. A majority of the players in the NFL are African-American but there are no African-American owners. So that’s one of my dreams.”
According to Forbes, the team is worth about $2.3 billion.
Richardson announced Sunday that he will sell the team after Sports Illustrated published a number of allegations brought against him, prompting a league investigation.
At least four former employees received “significant settlements” in exchange for their silence regarding Richardson’s behavior.
According to the report, “Multiple female employees recalled to SI that Richardson asked them if he could personally shave their legs.”
“Friday was Jeans Day, when most staffers at the Carolina Panthers team offices would wear denim to work. The female employees knew what that meant,” Sports Illustrated reported. “As the team’s owner, Jerry Richardson, made his rounds on the way to his spacious office, he would ask women to turn around so he could admire their backsides. Then, in his rolling Southern drawl, he’d offer comment, drawing from a store of one-liners he’d recycle each week. Among those in heaviest rotation: Show me how you wiggle to get those jeans up. I bet you had to lay down on your bed to fit into those jeans. Did you step into those jeans or did you have to jump into them?”
Richardson was also accused of using a racial slur, giving unwanted backrubs to employees, and intentionally brushing up against women.