Controversial free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick hopes to join entertainer Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs in purchasing the Carolina Panthers from embattled founder Jerry Richardson, who recently announced his intention to sell the team following allegations of sexual harassment and racism.
‘I want in on the ownership group!’ Kaepernick tweeted Monday. ‘Let’s make it happen!’
On Sunday Combs said he wanted to buy the team and hire Kaepernick to play quarterback after a Sports Illustrated report documented wide-ranging claims of workplace misconduct against Richardson.
Former Panthers employees spoke of lewd remarks, lingering gazes and inappropriate touching. On at least one occasion. Richardson was accused of directing a racial slur against an African-American employee.
Kaepernick became the first NFL player to peacefully protest inequality and police brutality against minorities during the 2016 season by refusing to stand during the national anthem.
He’s remained unsigned since March, when he opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers. Currently Kaepernick is suing the league, claiming all 32 owners have colluded to blacklist him in retaliation for the protests, which have continued this season despite significant public criticism.
The Panthers are currently valued at $2.3billion, meaning Combs with his estimated net worth of $820million would likely need partners – if his plan is in fact a serious one.
On that point, Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry hopped on the bandwagon, tweeting at Combs: ‘I want in!’
‘Holla at me, let’s get it!’ replied Combs.
‘Also, I will have the best halftime show, the best selection of music, and we will win Super Bowl after Super Bowl,’ Combs said.
Combs touted his plan as history-making, tweeting: ‘There are no majority African American NFL owners. Let’s make history.’
‘It’s time for diversity!! It’s time for Black ownership!!’ he wrote.
While Richardson does plan to sell, negotiations are not imminent.
‘I believe it is time to turn the franchise over to new ownership,’ Richardson wrote in a team statement. ‘Therefore, I will put the team up for sale at the conclusion of this NFL season. We will not begin the sales process, nor will we entertain any inquiries, until the very last game is played.’
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Source: Daily Mail