It looks like Diddy just got a huge endorsement when it comes to owning the Carolina Panthers. On Monday, TMZ caught up with New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft in Beverly Hills with his much-younger girlfriend Ricki Noel Lander, and asked him what he thought about Diddy owning an NFL franchise.

Bob says he’s a big fan of Diddy, and that he has a lot of respect for the Bad Boy CEO. “I'm a big fan of Diddy," Kraft told the cameraman. ”He's a good businessman. He's a very good businessman and I have a lot of respect for Diddy.”

We’re not sure how Diddy and Mr. Kraft know each other, but anytime you can get praise from one of the most powerful owners in all of sports that’s a good look.

Diddy announced over the weekend that he’s interested in becoming the first African American owner of a NFL franchise, wanting to purchase the Carolina Panthers from Jerry Richardson, who’s leaving the franchise after an investigation for alleged workplace misconduct scandal. After Diddy made the announcement, both Colin Kaepernick & Steph Currysaid they also wanted a piece of the team to own, giving Puff more ammunition to actually make this happen.

We’ll continue to keep you posted on all the latest with Diddy & his attempt to purchase the Panthers moving forward. In the meantime, check out Bob Kraft talk highly of Diddy on the streets of Beverly Hills (below).