A jovial radio conversation with Sean “#Diddy
” Combs and his son quickly turned serious when the hip-hop icon was asked about the NFL’s new national anthem policy.
It’s a topic that’s close to home after Diddy was in the running for assuming ownership of the #Panthers
, which ultimately went to winning bidder and hedge fund manager #DavidTepper
for roughly $2.2 billion. Diddy, though an #NFL
fan, said he has no plans to repeat the process with another team after the league announced a rule change in which players would be fined if they did not stand for the national anthem this season. They also have the option of staying in the locker room during the song.
“I was one of the two last bids for the Panthers,” Diddy said during an interview with #BigBoyTV
on Thursday, followed by a drawn-out sigh. “Man, I really wanted to go in there and be a part of the NFL and try to be a positive change. This last move, though, I don’t even want to own an NFL team no more.
“I don’t want to be associated with oppressing black men. I don’t want to be associated with telling grown-ass men what they can do and cannot do.”
Diddy’s reaction to the policy echoes the feelings of a number of NFL players who have spoken out against the league’s handling of the protests, which started with now-inactive quarterback #ColinKaepernick
kneeling during the anthem in 2016 as a protest against racial injustice in #America
. The prevailing sentiment among those who disagree with the policy is that it will continue to divide the league.
“All the NFL players, they’re in a messed-up position, but this is a defining time,” Diddy said, “and if #Ali
and them was able to do it and #JimBrown
was able to do it, if ya’ll stick together, they can’t break you. So I’m just at a point where my feelings are hurt ’cause I’m such an NFL fan … and I hope they do what they have to do to fix it and I hope that they re-engage my dream to [own a team].
“Because, if not, I don’t want to be associated at a round table that actually even does that to people at all.”