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Diddy And Ownership Group a step closer to owning the Carolina Panthers

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Diddy just got a step closer to owning the Carolina Panthers. Along with Warriors guard Steph Curry and a small group of investors, Diddy is partnering with billionaire Michael Rubin to purchase the football team which is estimated to be worth $2.3 billion.

ESPN reported that since Diddy and Curry don’t have the cash buy the team outright, they’ll need others to invest in an ownership group, Each NFL team can have up to 25 owners.

According to Rubin, “both [Diddy and Curry] offer the robust diversity Rubin is looking for in partners and would be most likely to join his effort, although nothing has been finalized.”

Rubin (who is the owner of Fanatics) also has ownership stakes in other franchises like the Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Devils and the Premier League’s Crystal Palace. He is currently the front-runner of all serious bidders for the Panthers.

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. Richardson founded the franchise in 1993.

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Colin Kaepernick gets Harvard black culture award

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP/KSAZ) – Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and comedian Dave Chappelle were among eight people who were saluted by Harvard University for their contributions to black history and culture.

The eight recipients of the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal were honored Thursday afternoon by the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard.

Kaepernick, formerly of the San Francisco 49ers, created a firestorm when he began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 to protest police brutality and social injustice.

The other honorees are Kenneth Chenault, chairman and a managing director of General Catalyst; Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Pamela Joyner, founder of Avid Partners, LLC; psychologist and author Florence Ladd; Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative; and artist Kehinde Wiley.

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Simone Biles Bothered By New USA Gymnastics CEO’s Anti-Nike Tweet

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Olympic champion Simone Biles is upset about an anti-Nike tweet from USA Gymnastics interim president and CEO Mary Bono.

Bono was appointed Friday to hold the position while USA Gymnastics searches for a permanent successor to Kerry Perry, who resigned under pressure from the United States Olympic Committee in September after spending nine months on the job.

Biles responded Saturday to a tweet from Bono last month criticizing Nike following the release of its advertising campaign featuring former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Bono, a former Republican congresswoman, had posted a photo of herself drawing over a Nike logo on a golf shoe.

Biles quote-tweeted Bono’s photo and wrote: “(asterisk)mouth drop(asterisk) don’t worry, it’s not like we needed a smarter usa gymnastics president or any sponsors or anything.”

Bono deleted her tweet about five hours later, saying she regretted the post and respects “everyone’s views & fundamental right to express them.”

Nike is one of Biles’ sponsors.

Biles is among the more than 200 women who have come forward over the last two years claiming they were sexually abused by former team doctor Larry Nassar under the guise of treatment. Biles was critical of Perry for not being vocal enough in support of the survivors.

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What rock Colby Covington crawl out from under? Calls Colin Kaepernick ‘a spineless sack of sh-t’, disses Nike

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A couple of days ago, athletic brand Nike announced that they had signed up controversial football player Colin Kaepernick to a deal to front the 30th anniversary of their “Just Do It” campaign. The news got heavy media attention due to Kaepernick’s current status as a divisive figure and the fact that he is currently involved in a lawsuit against the NFL, claiming collusion to keep him from playing in the league.

This entire situation really had little to do with MMA, at least until UFC interim welterweight champion and noted troll Colby Covington got a hold of the news. Covington took to social media to skewer Nike and Kaepernick, calling him a “spineless sack of sh-t” and praising former NFL player Pat Tillman, who quit the NFL in 2002 to sign up for the American Armed Forces following the 9/11 attacks and lost his life in Afghanistan in 2004:

 

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