This congressman wants Diddy to focus his aspirations further North.
It was last month that Jerry Richardson announced his intent to sell his share as owner of the Carolina Panthers following serious and unsettling allegations of misconduct. Soon after news broke, Sean "Diddy" Combs revealed that he would be looking toward purchasing ownership of the NFL team himself, potentially becoming the first black majority owner in the history of the National Football League.
Since his revelation, Diddy has garnered widespread support on the potential acquisition, and the latest arrives in the form of Democratic congressman Gregory Meeks, representing Diddy's home state of New York.
"That would be fantastic," Meeks noted in a recent run-in with TMZ. "All ownership in all professional sports needs to be more diverse." But, the congressman would go on to note a potential tweak to Diddy's plan, suggesting that he'd love to see the multi-millionaire try his hand at revamping a team in New York. "Now, I would be rooting against him because I'm a New York Giants fan. I wish he was looking at maybe a New York team," he joked. "Maybe he could turn the Jets around."
Most recently, Diddy further cemented his aspirations, noting his serious consideration of the move while on the Breakfast Club, revealing that he was gathering a potential group of owners to actually get the ball rolling.
"It was never about me buying the Panthers, it was always about we. It was always about we need a team,” he explained. “I jumped out there to make sure that they understood that they have to consider some black ownership right now with 80%, 70% of the league being African-American. It’s just time.”
Catch him discussing the topic of theownership in the NFL below around the 26-minute mark.