Hip hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs wants to buy the Carolina Panthers, and wants to make a political statement with his first official act in the position.
Fox News reports that Combs has seized upon the news that current Panthers owner Jerry Richardson is selling the team in the wake of (what else?) sexual misconduct allegations by declaring that he wants to not only “make history” by becoming the first majority-African American owner of a National Football League team, but that he would “immediately address the Colin Kaepernick situation and put him in the running for next year’s starting quarterback,” suggesting the infamous former San Francisco 49er would have to compete with Cam Newton.
Kaepernick has been unable to sign with a club following the controversy of him kneeling during the national anthem in protest. His activism inspired other athletes after President Trump suggested in September that those who kneel should be fired.
The artist also said he would want to improve the halftime shows. “I will have the best halftime show, the best selection of music,” he said. “And we will win Super Bowl after Super Bowl.”
Diddy’s interest in buying the Panthers comes after its current owner, Jerry Richardson, decided to sell the team following sexual and racist misconduct accusations.
Richardson wrote in the open letter: “I believe it is time to turn the franchise over to new ownership. Therefore, I will put the team up for sale at the conclusion of the NFL season.” The letter did not address the allegations.
“Diddy,” it should be noted, shares Kaepernick’s conspiratorial delusion about American police officers going around and shooting unassuming blacks willy-nilly:
This is such the new normal that it’s not even a major thing right now … It’s a major human rights issue, how it affects somebody that’s not like us […] I think America is getting to a dangerous point where they’re letting our hearts be pushed into. I hope and pray people wake up. There’s gonna come a day when you can’t keep killing our kids.
However, Combs might not be able to make his bold talk a reality. As rich as he is, it seems his total net value still comes up at least $120 million shy of the Panthers’ value. Even so, the intentions and the mindset are the takeaways here, not the practical likelihood of it actually happening.
Of course, the reason Kaepernick is so toxic among current owners right now — to the point where they’d rather sign players who haven’t thrown a single pass in years and a grand total of five touchdowns in their entire career — is because of his obnoxious and odious politics. But considering how the NFL has refused to crack down on the other players who have followed his example despite fan alienation, if Kaepernick was a better player somebody would presumably have signed him by now despite the risk of blowback.
So despite Combs’ insistence that “It’s just competition, baby,” it’s pretty clear he wants Kaepernick because of the symbol he’s become: a symbol of anti-American racial demagoguery; a symbol of crude anti-police slander, a symbol of useful idiocy for communist tyrants, and even a a symbol for vicious cop-killers.
These are Colin Kaepernick’s values. These are Sean Combs’ values. Do the Carolina Panthers want them to be their values?