No, We Don't Want Diddy Buying the Panthers


On Sunday night, what was perhaps the most scandalous weekend for the Carolina Panthers since they came into being 22 years ago came to a close with Diddy posting a video to social media saying he wanted to buy the Panthers, and people taking him seriously.

How the hell did we get to this point in just three days?

It began on Friday, with vague rumblings about the misconduct of Panthers owner Jerry Richardson and news that the team was handling its own investigation. On Saturday, the NFL announced it would be taking over the investigation, and things got a little more serious.

On Sunday, just before the Panthers took the field to face the Green Bay Packers at Bank of America Stadium, Sports Illustrated published an article detailing some of the allegations against Richardson, which included his interest in "grooming" women, even asking some of his female employees if he could shave their legs. The article also states that Richardson had reached a settlement with a former African American scout for the team after using a racial slur toward him.

Later in the afternoon, the Panthers released a statement from Richardson stating that he would be looking to sell the team at the close of the current season.

"I believe that it is time to turn the franchise over to new leadership," the disgraced owner wrote. "Therefore, I will put the team up for sale at the conclusion of this NFL season. We will not begin the sale process, nor will we entertain any inquiries, until the very last game is played. I hope everyone in this organization, both on and off the field, will be firmly focused on just one mission: to play and win the Super Bowl."

And that's how we arrived at Diddy's Sunday night posting, and all that was wrong with it.

The first thing we noticed while watching this video is that Diddy refers to the team as the North Carolina Panthers. That shit just ain't right. Sure, it's easy for Charlotteans to joke about that being how it should be, but the mistake is indicative of a larger issue: Diddy has no connection to the Panthers or the city of Charlotte, whatsoever.

Shortly after his video, Diddy tweeted a picture of himself wearing a Panthers jersey in 2003, the season when the team went to the Super Bowl (played in 2004). His caption read, in part, "This picture was taken back in 2003. This is God’s work. It’s time!!"

Diddy also wore a Marshall Faulk jersey in the video for "Trade It All, Pt. II" in 2002. Was he meant to buy the Rams, too?

Diddy's caption goes on to state, "ATTN all @NFL owners, it’s time for diversity!! It’s time for Black ownership!! The time is now. Let’s make it happen!!"

Yes, we can agree with that all the way. But let's find someone with maybe some sort of vested interest in our city, no?

That being said, hometown hero Stephen Curry did respond to Diddy's tweets saying he was down to take part in some sort of partnership, but that only added to the feeling that this is all just sort of a joke. It would be fun to imagine Curry, a diehard Panthers fan and supporter, as the team's owner in, say, 20 years, but the idea that he could be anything but a silent partner owning a small percentage of the team while still actively playing in the NBA — which overlaps seasons with the NFL — is ludicrous.

Then we have Diddy's announcement that he would "address the Colin Kaepernick situation" by bringing him in to compete for the starting quarterback job. Again, we're all for Kaepernick getting a job in the NFL — if he wants to, which he hasn't said he does — and he'd be a better backup than the team has now, but Diddy seems to be forgetting a key point here; that we already have a franchise quarterback whom the team is built around.

If you're trying to build up good graces with the random strangers of the Carolinas (both of them), probably don't post videos stating that your first order of business if you were to take over their team would be to put the golden boy quarterback's job in jeopardy.

Diddy closes out by stating that he would have the best halftime shows, which again fuels our perception that this whole thing is one big joke. And judging by the talk on Charlotte Twitter over the last 12 hours, a lot of folks are falling for it. If you're one of those people, CL has a football team to sell you.

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