The word has spread and all eyes are watching. Back in December, 81-year-old Jerry Richardson, owner of the Carolina Panthers, announced he would sell the franchise following the 2017-2018 season. Almost immediately after the announcement went live, REVOLT Chairman Sean "Diddy" Combs expressed interest in buying the team, as well as two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry. According to ESPN, the pair are now among a diverse group preparing to bid for the Panthers led by tech billionaire Michael Rubin.
I would like to buy the @Panthers. Spread the word. Retweet!— Diddy (@Diddy) December 18, 2017
I️ want in! https://t.co/XvvC1vo7xI— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) December 18, 2017
On Tuesday (March 13), ESPN's David Newton reported Rubin, who is the owner of sports apparel retailer Fanatics, added Combs and Curry among the minority owners in his group. He is one of three known bidders, with the financial capability to be a majority owner, who informed the NFL with an official letter of intent required by the league. Also in the running are Sherman Financial Group CEO Ben Navarro and hedge fund billionaire David Tepper.
This isn't Rubin's first foray in the sports world. His also owns a stake in the Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Devils and the Premier League's Crystal Palace.
More bids for the franchise are expected to surface in the coming weeks, so nothing is finalized as of yet. In addition, all bids must be approved by two-thirds of the league's 32 owners, and, as ESPN notes, the earliest that could happen would be in May.
Combs explained his interest in owning the franchise last year, describing it as a cultural advancement. "There are no majority African American NFL owners," he tweeted. "Let's make history." Later on Instagram, he repeated his wish, and said he would sign Colin Kaepernick, who has been unsigned since last season when he began to kneel during the national anthem to protest police brutality. Combs said he would let him compete with Cam Newton for the team's starting quarterback slot. "I will immediately address the Colin Kaepernick situation and put him in the running for next year's starting quarterback," Diddy said in a video. "It's just competition, baby."
He also promised great halftime shows with "the best selection of music," and repeated Super Bowl wins.
Meanwhile, Curry, a native of Charlotte and noted Panthers fan, spoke to reporters about his desire in owning a share of the team. "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 said. "Nothing really to say about it besides that I'm very interested and very willing to do what it takes to make that happen.''
As details continue to unravel, stay tuned to REVOLT for more updates.