Diddy wants to buy the Panthers and sign Colin Kaepernick

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Just a few weeks ago, Diddy was saying he wanted to buy the entire NFL. That, of course, was never realistic, but with the Carolina Panthers suddenly up for sale, you’d have to think the rapper/entrepreneur would be interested, right?


Actually, Diddy has a two-part plan in mind: Buy the Panthers, then sign Colin Kaepernick. Diddy has expressed support for the free agent quarterback in the past, and Sunday it appeared he wanted to use his eagerness to sign Kaepernick as a selling point for a potential bid for the team.

Less than an hour after the Panthers announced that owner Jerry Richardson, embroiled in an NFL investigation of allegations of workplace misconduct, was ready to “turn the franchise over to new ownership,” Diddy had a pair of tweets of his own. The first asked his 13.9 million followers to “spread the word” of his interest, with, as of this writing, over 40,000 Twitter users complying.

Diddy followed that with a tweet in which he said, “There are no majority African American NFL owners. Let’s make history.”

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The 47-year-old mogul has a point about the NFL’s lack of diversity among its ownership ranks, with only Jaguars owner Shahid Khan, who was born in Pakistan, and Bills co-owner Kim Pegula, who was born in South Korea, counted among its non-white owners. In addition, in a report released in October, the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport noted that “at the start of the 2017 season, there were no [team] Presidents who were women or people of color in the NFL.”

In October, Diddy said, “Facts,” in retweeting a post that stated, “Black players are 70% of the NFL. We have the power to defend Colin Kaepernick and Jemele Hill from the forces that would silence them.”

Diddy followed that with tweets in which he said, “I did have a dream to own a NFL team but now my dream is to own our own league! A league where you can be yourself. Have a retirement plan. Have freedom to be a great human and protest for your people without being demonized for your beliefs as a KING!!”

More recently, Diddy posted a photo of himself and Kaepernick, the former 49ers quarterback who has filed a grievance against the NFL for what he claims is collusion by the owners to keep him out of the league. “I’m inspired by what he’s doing for our people,” Diddy said.