Carolina Panthers Sale: Will Colin Kaepernick Have to Buy an NFL Team to Get a Job in the League?

Life comes at you fast in the wild world of NFL ownership.

It was only on Sunday that Jerry Richardson, the Carolina Panthers owner, announced he would be putting the team up for sale at the end of this season. Richardson, 81, is facing allegations of workplace misconduct first reported by Sports Illustrated. The NFL is conducting an investigation into claims that Richardson used “sexually suggestive language and behavior” and a racial slur towards Panthers employees.

One person’s loss is another’s gain, though. Diddy, the iconic hip-hop impresario, announced on Twitter early on Monday that he wanted to buy the Panthers:

In the staid world of NFL ownership, the rapper’s plans appear almost revolutionarily woke. “It’s time for Black ownership!!” Diddy added in another tweet. “The time is now. Let’s make it happen!!”

While Diddy probably can’t fund the purchase of the Panthers on his own—Forbes’ valuation of the franchise at $2.3 billion is some way above its valuation of Diddy’s wealth at $820 million—it isn’t out of the question that a consortium led by the 48-year-old, real name Sean Combs, could buy the team from Richardson.

Diddy received support from Golden State Warriors superstar point guard Stephen Curry on Tuesday.

Later on Tuesday, Colin Kaepernick also tweeted:

Kaepernick, who sparked the protest movement in the NFL against perceived police brutality toward black youths in the United States, hasn’t played in the league since opting out of his San Francisco 49ers contract in March. Kaepernick was responding to an Instagram video posted by Diddy on Sunday, in which the latter said: “I will immediately address the Colin Kaepernick situation and put him in the running for next year’s starting quarterback.” 

Any efforts on the part of Kaepernick to help buy—or play for—the Panthers may be complicated by the fact that he’s currently suing several NFL owners and teams for alleged collusion. Regardless, it seems the most intriguing story around the playoff-bound Panthers is not happening on the field right now.

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