Rapper Diddy says he wants to buy the National Football League’s (NFL) Carolina Panthers franchise and put controversial free agent Colin Kaepernick in the mix for a roster spot.
“Well I need to send a message out to everybody in the beautiful state of North Carolina,” he said in a video Sunday.
“I will be the best NFL owner that you can imagine,” Diddy continued. “I will immediately address the Colin Kaepernick situation and put him in the running for next year’s starting quarterback.”
“It’s just competition, baby, it’s just competition. But also, I will have the best halftime show, the best selection of music, and we will win Super Bowl after Super Bowl.”
Diddy on Sunday also tweeted he “would like to buy the @Panthers,” prompting National Basketball Association (NBA) star Stephen Curry to respond “I want in!”
The Carolina Panthers’ owner on Sunday announced that he plans on selling the franchise he founded up for sale following the 2017 season.
“I believe it is time to turn the franchise over to new ownership,” Jerry Richardson wrote in a letter on the team’s website.
“Therefore, I will put the team up for sale at the conclusion of the NFL season,” he continued.
“We will not begin the sale process, nor will we entertain any inquiries, until the very last game is played.”
The NFL on Sunday announced it would take control of a probe that the Panthers said they were conducting into Richardson’s past behavior last Friday.
Sports Illustrated on Sunday reported that multiple women have accused Richardson of sexual harassment.
Richardson was also accused of using a racial slur against a former Panthers scout who has since left the team.
Forbes last September placed the values of the Panthers at $2.3 billion, which followed Richardson and investors purchasing the franchise in 1993 for $206 million.
The Panthers played their first season in 1995, and Richardson has since repeatedly promised that the team would win a Super Bowl championship.
Kaepernick remains unsigned after he began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 to protest America’s police brutality and racial injustice.
The gesture has stoked fierce debate over whether it is valid free speech or a disrespectful display of unpatriotic behavior.