When Diddy announced he was interested in buying the Carolina Panthers, many speculated how serious he was about it, including Cam Newton. If Diddy were to purchase the organization from current owner Jerry Richardson, Newton is ready for the challenge.

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“I’m cool with it,” Newton said on Wednesday of competing with Kaepernick, who has not been signed by another NFL team since the end of the 2016 season in which his protest during the national anthem became national news.

They say two things happen in competition, either you get better or you get worse. I’m all for it, whatever. As far as a person that I’ve always looked up to, Puff Daddy, Diddy, whatever you want to call him, for that to even being mentioned, that’s cool in itself.


Cam, who has been the starter since he arrived at Carolina as the top pick of the 2011 draft, isn’t thrilled that Richardson plans to sell the team. Newton left a meeting on Sunday night, when Richardson informed team captains of his decision to sell amid allegations of sexual misconduct and the use of a racial slur to a former scout, “disgruntled.” It was shortly after that meeting that Diddy wrote on Twitter that he was interested in buying the team.

Forbes valued the Panthers at $2.3 billion in September. They’ll likely be the first NFL team to change hands since Terry and Kim Pegula bought the Buffalo Bills for over $1.1 billion in September 2014.