Diddy wants to be first black National Football League team owner

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Long-time Carolina Panthers executive Tina Becker was named chief operating officer of the National Football League club on Monday, hours after scandal-hit owner Jerry Richardson announced the team is for sale. Two-time NBA MVP Steph Curry also said he wants to be part of it. Curry spent much of his childhood in the Charlotte area and is one of the franchise's most famous fans.

Taking to Twitter, where he is a must-follow for his amusing but often insightful takes, Thomas launched his business plan to buy the Panthers.

Becker takes full control of the day-to-day management of the organization, becoming one of the NFL's most powerful women, even as Richardson fades from the scene after Sports Illustrated reported details of sexual misconduct allegations against Richardson and at least one instance of a racial insult to an African-American scout.

"We will not begin the sale process, nor will we entertain any inquiries, until the very last game is played", the letter stated.

He no longer has a job - retaliation, his supporters have said, for his politics - and US President Donald Trump has seized on the issue, demanding that owners punish athletes who do not stand for the anthem.

Despite the circumstances, the team could go for $2.5 billion to $2.8 billion, according to a source who has been involved in similar sales.

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Diddy fired off a series of tweets and Instagram posts on Sunday saying that he'd like to buy the team, and that it's "no joke". "Spread the word", tweeted Diddy, 48. "I will immediately address the Colin Kaepernick situation and put him in the running for next year's starting quarterback".

According to Forbes, the Charlotte-based Panthers are now valued at $2.3billion (£1.7bn), so Combs - who is worth an estimated $820million (£612m) - would need partners for the bid.

Forbes also reports that there are 12 potential buyers of the Panthers including current shareholders the Belk Family, who own roughly 5% of the team, and the Levine Family who own 10%.

"We hope that a local owner or group will come forth with a legitimate bid that makes the decision easy for Richardson and the NFL".

The Charlotte Observer admits it is anxious that if the Panthers are sold then there is a risk that the franchise could leave its home town.