American rap star Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs has expressed an interest in buying NFL team Carolina Panthers.
The franchise has been put up for sale by owner Jerry Richardson following allegations against him of workplace misconduct.
Combs posted a video on social media to say he wants to be the first ‘African-American majority owner in the NFL’.
Shortly after that, NBA legend Stephen Curry responded to say he wanted to join the takeover.
Panthers owner Richardson announced his intention to sell the team after the NFL launched an investigation into the claims.
While declining to comment on the nature of the allegations, the franchise said it was “committed to ensuring a safe, comfortable and diverse work environment where all individuals, regardless of sex, race, colour, religion, gender, or sexual identity or orientation, are treated fairly and equally”.
The 81-year-old, who is a former NFL player, has been a majority owner of the Charlotte-based team since it began playing in the NFL as an expansion franchise in 1995.
Combs, who is valued at $820million and has won three Grammy Awards, asked his followers to “spread the word” and said it was “time for diversity” in the sport.
Curry, 29, is a two-times NBA most valuable player and has been a member of two championship-winning Golden State teams.
If the pair do team-up to take over the NFL franchise, their first mission could be to sign jobless quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
The 29-year-old’s national anthem protest means he has been without a team since he opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers in March.
Combs said it would be his aim to get Kaepernick on board “immediately”.
The Panthers beat the Green Bay Packers 31-24 on Sunday with two games left in the regular NFL season.