Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Steph Curry Among Group Bidding for Panthers

Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Steph Curry Among Group Bidding for Panthers

Carolina Panthers superfan Stephen Curry and Sean "Diddy" Combs are part of a group that e-commerce billionaire Michael Rubin is building in an effort to buy the team, according to ESPN.

Rubin isn't new to ventures into professional sports, as he owns stakes in the Philadelphia 76ers, the New Jersey Devils and in English Premier League team Crystal Palace.

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. An NFL owner can have up to 25 members in his ownership group.

However, according to ESPN, Rubin faces competition from hedge fund billionaire David Tepper and CEO of Sherman Financial Group Ben Navarro, who are also understood to have the financial capabilities to become majority owner.

Shortly after the Panthers were put up for sale, Diddy first revealed his interest in buying the franchise by tweeting "I would like to buy the Panthers".

Curry, a North Carolina native who attended Davidson University, has been a vocal fan of the team for years - even making the trip to Super Bowl 50 to watch the Panthers lose to the Denver Broncos. The NFL requires a majority owner to put up 30% of the sale price. "Nothing really to say about it besides that I'm very interested and very willing to do what it takes to make that happen".

One of the ownership groups reportedly looking to buy the NFL's Carolina Panthers could include one of the biggest names in the music industry and an NBA MVP. Other potential owners are expected to come forward in the next few weeks. A number of sources added that the earliest date that they would be expected to do that would be during meetings held in Atlanta this May.