American rapper, Sean Combs (Diddy) says he is no longer interested to buy an NFL team due to oppression. Diddy when asked about the NFL’s new national anthem policy during a radio interview revealed that though an NFL fan, he has no plans to repeat the process (Diddy was in the running for assuming ownership of the Panthers, which ultimately went to winning bidder and hedge fund manager David Tepper for roughly $2.2 billion)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 Colin Kaepernick 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.