Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick can’t get a job as a player in the league, so now he’s set his sights on something more.
The former San Francisco 49er, who has been unemployed since opting out of his last contract, said he’s interested in joining an ownership group to purchase the Carolina Panthers.
“I want in on the ownership group!” Kaepernick tweeted in reply to rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs, who expressed his desire to purchase the team Sunday.
I want in on the ownership group! Let’s make it happen! https://t.co/sDR4ciciY8— Colin Kaepernick (@Colin Kaepernick)1513611504.0
Kaepernick as a part-owner of an NFL franchise would create an awkward situation, considering he has a pending grievance against the league alleging that the owners have colluded to blackball him due to his protests during the national anthem.
Golden State Warriors point guard Steph Curry, a North Carolina native, also expressed interest in the potential ownership group.
How this all started
“Attention to the Carolina Panthers! Attention NFL! This is a chance to make history!!!” Diddy wrote in an Instagram caption. “There are no African American majority owners in the NFL!!!! I would like to buy the Carolina Panthers!!! Let’s gooooooo!!!!! Spread the word. Tell the world! No joke.”
Diddy had previously said he would sign Kaepernick if he was able to buy the team, and allow him to compete with 2015 MVP quarterback Cam Newton for the starting job.
“I would be the best NFL owner that you can imagine,” Diddy said in an Instagram video. “I will immediately address the Colin Kaepernick situation, and put him in the running for next year’s starting quarterback. It’s just competition, baby. It’s just competition.”
Not a likely scenario
Of course, this entire proposition is a huge long shot. Forbes valued the Carolina Panthers at $2.3 billion as of September, so it would take many more stakeholders than Diddy, Kaepernick and Curry to put in a legitimate bid.
Why the team is for sale
Current Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson announced Sunday that he would sell the team at the end of the regular season after a Sports Illustrated report revealed Richardson and the team had reached confidential settlements with at least four former staffers due to alleged workplace misconduct.
The Panthers announced Monday afternoon that Richardson would be stepping away from day-to-day operations of the franchise immediately.
Long-time executive Tina Becker is taking over as the chief operating officer in Richardson’s absence.