OAKLAND — No, seriously, Stephen Curry wants to buy a share of his favorite NFL team.
When it was announced in December the Carolina Panthers were going to be put up for sale by departing owner Jerry Richardson, Curry joined Diddy in a bid to own the team.
Over the weekend, Curry reiterated to TMZ his desire to be the first African American with an ownership share in the NFL, saying “This is a real thing, so hopefully it happens sooner than later.”
The former unanimous MVP said at shootaround on Monday that he was serious about the business opportunity and that he’s had conversations moving the prospect forward.
“[I’m] trying to figure out the right way to go about it, and just the different approaches I could pitch,” he said. “Obviously, I have a day job, but I have people that are plugged in and trying to see that happen. I’ve very interested in doing what it takes to make that happen.”
Curry is a longtime fan of the Panthers — since he was seven, he said. He considers Charlotte his hometown and wants to be a part of something that represents the city.
He’s spoken with Diddy about potential “avenues” they could go down to strike a business deal. But, it’s still early, Curry said.
Meanwhile, the potential to make history as the first black owner is sitting there and enticing.
“That’s a powerful opportunity and one that I know doesn’t come around that often,” Curry said. “You kind of have to approach it with that in mind, with that sense of urgency. It’s kind of unprecedented. I’m sure all of that stuff will come out in conversations with the league. We’ll see how it goes.”
One thing that is uncertain: How much Colin Kaepernick would be involved in any bid. After Diddy and Curry took to the internet to express their interest in buying the Panthers, the former 49ers quarterback joined in, saying he’s like to be a part of the group.
When asked about Kaepernick’s involvement on Monday, Curry said he didn’t know.