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Diddy, Steph Curry included on billionaire's ownership group for Panthers bid

15 March 2018

The rapper/mogul and the National Basketball Association star would be minority owners in the group being put together by e-commerce billionaire Michael Rubin, sources said.

With 25 members allowed to make up a group of majority owners, Diddy and Curry would be able to easily become minority owners in the team, although their involvement reportedly has not been finalized.

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Former Panthers owner Jerry Richardson agreed to sell the team in December after reports surfaced that he paid at least four women to keep quiet about workplace misconduct, including sexual harassment and using a racial slur. Along with rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs, Curry is understood to be among the celebrities Rubin has spoken to. ESPN noted that as of Monday, he was one of three known bidders with the financial strength to be a majority owner who notified the NFL with a formal letter of intent required by the league. Richardson, 81, bought the Panthers when they were started as an expansion franchise in 1995.

Curry, who's a Panthers fan by way of being a Charlotte native, previously stated his wish of being in an ownership group to acquire the club.

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After the announcement that the team was for sale, Combs tweeted that he was interested in purchasing the team, which is estimated to be worth $2.3 billion.

"Obviously I have a day job, but I've got people that are plugged in and are trying to see how to make that happen", Curry told reporters after conveying his interest in response to Combs' tweet. Diddy is estimated to be worth $820 million by Forbes while he had $47.3 million in total earnings a year ago.

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Official bids are expected to come in over the next few weeks, with approval from two-thirds of the league's owners required to complete a sale.

Diddy, Steph Curry included on billionaire's ownership group for Panthers bid