Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Diddy, Stephen Curry might actually get ownership stakes in the Carolina Panthers

Diddy, Stephen Curry might actually get ownership stakes in the Carolina Panthers

Diddy and Stephen Curry have always been Panthers fans.

The team was put up for sale at season's end by founder Jerry Richardson, who is being investigated by the National Football League for allegations of workplace misconduct.

Billionaire Michael Rubin is reportedly looking to the celebrity and National Basketball Association worlds while putting together a group of possible minority owners to support his bid to buy the Carolina Panthers.

It looks like Sean "Diddy" Combs really is serious about becoming an owner of the Carolina Panthers. Any bid must be approved by two-thirds of the league's 32 owners, and the soonest that might happen is in May, per ESPN. According to a source close to the quarterback, Kaepernick has already begun reaching out to a handful of business leaders, venture capitalists and sports icons to discuss an ownership group.

In December, when news first broke that Richardson was putting the Panthers on the market, Diddy tweeted that he "would like to buy" the team.

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Combs and Curry offer "the robust diversity Rubin is looking for in partners and would be most likely to join his effort", per ESPN. To date, the National Football League has never had an African-American majority owner.

Around that time, Curry was describing the possibility of getting a piece of the Panthers as "a pretty interesting opportunity". "I've had conversations with plenty of people about the right way to go about it and kind of the different approaches I could personally take". The report also lists Charlotte native and National Basketball Association superstar Steph Curry and music mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs as potential minority stake holders. Newton cited Forbes when saying Rubin is worth $3 billion and would need to put down at least 30 percent of the sale price for the Panthers-valued by Forbes at $2.3 million-to be the majority owner.

Shortly after Richardson conveyed his intention to sell, both Combs and Curry, a North Carolina native, expressed interest in joining a group to buy the team.

Rubin, the owner of the sports apparel retailer Fanatics, on Monday was one of three known bidders with the financial strength to be a majority owner who notified the NFL with a formal letter of intent required by the league.

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