Jerry Richardson, owner of the Carolina Panthers, announced Sunday night in a letter that he would be putting the team up for sale amid an NFL investigation of workplace sexual harassment and racism. Richardson plans to do so at the end of this football season, which ends in just a few weeks.
The very next day, on Monday, Sean “Diddy” Combs took to Instagram to let folks know that he was interested in buying the team:
Directing his comment to the people of “North Carolina,” he said, “I believe it’s time to turn the franchise over to new ownership. I will be the best NFL owner that you can imagine. I will immediately address the Colin Kaepernick situation and put him in the running for next year’s starting quarterback…but also i will have the best halftime show…and we will win Superbowl after Superbowl.”
Colin Kaepernick chimed in by saying that he wanted in (but not necessarily to be on the team):
In addition to Kaepernick, Steph Curry wants to add his name to that list. Although no one batted a negative eye when the business mogul made this announcement, one reporter in San Francisco tried it. Henry Wofford, a reporter and sometimes anchor for Kron 4 news, gave his thoughts yesterday about one of Harlem’s sons being in the running for ownership. With a picture of Diddy behind another reporter, Darya Folsom, who you can see on-air, Wofford gave his thoughts via phone, saying, “By the way, how can you take this seriously? The guy looks high right there. He looks like he just smoked a blunt and drank a 40…You have to stay in your comfort zone. Go and do your music thing!”
Then, Folsom joined in saying, “I don’t even know what Diddy does anymore. What does Diddy do?”
Wofford retorted, “Diddy’s drinking and smoking right now. You can tell by looking at this picture.”
#BlackTwitter came for their heads, and even rapper Nipsey Hussle, had to air out his feelings about the disrespect he saw from these reporters:
Nipsey raised a good point: Why wouldn’t anyone take Diddy seriously? He has an estimated net worth of $820 million this year. You know who shouldn’t be taken seriously in commenting on who should own an NFL team? Henry Wofford and Darya Folsom.
After failing to justify his disgusting remarks about the 48-year-old successful entrepreneur, Wofford issued a public apology that you can read in its entirety here. In it, he addressed his comment about Diddy being intoxicated:
“Although it was said in an attempt to be funny, I realize insinuating a person may be drunk or on drugs is nothing to joke about. For that I sincerely apologize to Mr. Combs, his fans and everyone who was offended. Dozens of Diddy’s twitter followers have accused me of playing on racial stereotypes. That was not my goal. But I understand my comments had that impact and for that I sincerely apologize.”
And about Diddy’s accomplishments, he stated:
“Sean Combs has a long history of success in the music industry and he has done a wonderful job investing millions of dollars in multiple businesses. He has a great reputation for making large donations to help the community. He’s a man who has worked from the bottom to the top and for that I respect his accomplishments. My comment was never intended to downplay what Diddy Combs has accomplished as an entrepreneur nor was it intended to question what he’s capable of accomplishing in the future. Sean Diddy Combs has the work ethic, wisdom, dedication and contacts to be a successful NFL owner.”
Darya Folsom has made no official public apology of her own. You can watch the news segment in its entirety below: