Hip Hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs and Golden State Warriors All-Star Stephen Curry likely won’t be future owners of the Carolina Panthers. The two were minority partners with billionaire Michael Rubin but now, the bid for the team has reportedly hit a record $2.5 billion.
According to ESPN, Rubin, the owner of Fanatics — a leading online sports merchandise seller — has dropped out of the running amid the rumored bid, which would make the Panthers the highest-selling sports franchise in history. The Houston Rockets sold for $2.2 billion back in 2017.
But there’s still hope. ESPN reports Rubin is still interested — as long as the price is right. The process is confidential, so sources can’t completely confirm the accuracy of the historic bid.
When it was first announced Panthers’ owner Jerry Richardson was putting the team up for sale, Diddy excitedly threw his hat in the ring via Instagram.
“I will be the best NFL owner that you can imagine,” he said. “I will immediately address the Colin Kaepernick situation and put in the running for next year’s starting line-up.”
Curry, who grew up in North Carolina, soon joined Diddy, tweeting “I want in.”
I would like to buy the @Panthers. Spread the word. Retweet!
— Diddy (@Diddy) December 18, 2017
I️ want in! https://t.co/XvvC1vo7xI
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) December 18, 2017