In the wake of the report that Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson will sell the team due to a workplace misconduct investigation, ESPN “First Take” co-host Stephen A. Smith said Monday that “it would be nice” if the NFL allowed a black owner to take over.
On Sunday, hip-hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs tweeted out his interest in purchasing the team, later adding that he would like to sign Colin Kaepernick — even though the team already has its franchise quarterback in Cam Newton.
I would like to buy the @Panthers. Spread the word. Retweet!
— Diddy (@Diddy) December 18, 2017
Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry grew up in Charlotte, NC, and tweeted he would like to join Combs in owning the team.
I️ want in! https://t.co/XvvC1vo7xI
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) December 18, 2017
“This is 2017,” Smith noted. “The National Football League is the number one league in America. I would like to see an African-American owner let in.”
Smith later added, “It would be nice for the National Football League to get away from the good old boys club and let an African-American in as an owner — or a group of African-Americans ultimately own a team. That would be nice to see.”
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