Carolina Panthers Sale: Stephen Curry and Diddy Joining Forces to Buy NFL Team?

Stephen Curry's desire to expand his interests outside the NBA are well known, largely thanks to his forays into the golfing world.

The two-time NBA champion now looks set to dip his toe into another sport, after hinting he could join a consortium of minority owners to support Michael Rubin's bid to buy football team Carolina Panthers.

On Tuesday, ESPN's David Newton reported that billionaire Rubin has turned towards the NBA and Hollywood to put together a group of investors to support his bid. Along with rapper Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Curry is understood to be among the celebrities Rubin has spoken to.

Rubin isn't new to ventures into professional sports, as he owns stakes in the Philadelphia 76ers, the New Jersey Devils and in English Premier League team Crystal Palace.

However, according to ESPN, Rubin faces competition from hedge fund billionaire David Tepper and CEO of Sherman Financial Group Ben Navarro, who are also understood to have the financial capabilities to become majority owner.

In December last year, the Panthers were put up for sale by owner Jerry Richardson, who announced his decision in the wake of allegations of workplace misconduct. A Sports Illustrated report suggested at least four former franchise employees received 'significant' monetary settlements due to inappropriate workplace comments and conduct by Richardson.

The offense, allegedly, included sexually suggestive language and, in at least one instance, a racial slur was directed to "an African-American Panthers scout."

Shortly after the Panthers were put up for sale, Diddy first revealed his interest in buying the franchise by tweeting "I would like to buy the Panthers. Spread the word. Retweet," to which Curry replied "I want in!"

"Obviously I have a day job, but I've got people that are plugged in and are trying to see how to make that happen," Curry, who was born in North Carolina and is a Panthers fan, was quoted as saying at the time.

"Nothing really to say about it besides that I'm very interested and very willing to do what it takes to make that happen.''

Citing Forbes, ESPN suggested Rubin is worth approximately $3bn and would have to fund at least 30% of the cost of buying the Panthers—which Forbes values at $2.3m—to become the majority owner.