first_img0Shares0000Rap mogul Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, estimated by Forbes magazine to be worth $820 million, wants to buy the Carolina Panthers and become the first African American owner of an NFL team © AFP/File / MARK RALSTONNEW YORK, United States, Dec 19 – With racial tensions casting a pall over American football, rap mogul Diddy wants to buy the Carolina Panthers and become the first African American owner of an NFL team.The New York rapper, estimated by Forbes magazine to be worth $820 million, voiced his interest as Panthers owner and founder Jerry Richardson stepped down in the wake of sexual harassment allegations. “I would like to buy the @Panthers. Spread the word,” tweeted Diddy, who is also known as Puff Daddy and whose real name is Sean Combs.“There are no majority African American NFL owners. Let’s make history,” he wrote.After Diddy’s initial tweets late Sunday, two African American sporting stars said they wanted to join his bid — Colin Kaepernick and Steph Curry.Kaepernick, a former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, began a movement of players kneeling rather than holding their hearts during the national anthem as a protest against police brutality and other racial injustices in the United States.Kaepernick no longer has a job — retaliation, his supporters say, for his outspoken politics — and President Donald Trump has seized on the issue, demanding that owners punish athletes who do not stand for the anthem.Colin Kaepernick, a former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, began a movement of players kneeling rather than holding their hearts during the national anthem as a protest against police brutality and racial injustices in the US © GETTY/AFP/File / Matt WinkelmeyerAmid Trump’s attacks on the athletes, Curry, a history-making shooter for the Golden State Warriors, said he would not want to visit the White House with his NBA championship-winning team.While more than two-thirds of players in the National Football League are black, only one team has an owner who is an ethnic minority — the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are owned by Pakistani-born tycoon Shahid Khan.Only one team in all of professional sports has a black owner — the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets, whose controling interest is held by basketball legend Michael Jordan.Still, Diddy would face forbidding odds to buy the Panthers. The move would need approval from other NFL owners, some of whom might be loath to a deal that gives a role to Kaepernick.The hard-living Diddy has also had his own share of controversy, including his arrest on weapons charges after a 1999 shooting at a New York club, although he was acquitted.Diddy, 48, was ranked the world’s top-paid celebrity on the last Forbes list in June, raking in $130 million in the previous year.Outside of music, his business empire includes fashion lines and a stake in French-made Ciroc vodka.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay issues instructions to his players during their Kenyan Premier League match against Sofapaka at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on February 18, 2019NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 3 – Gor Mahia will play their fourth game in seven days when they take on Sony Sugar at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Wednesday afternoon and head coach Hassan Oktay says he will have to rotate his squad once again.This is hugely informed by Sunday’s crucial CAF Confederations Cup quarter final first leg tie against Morocco’s RS Berkane at the Kasarani Stadium and with four first team players already out, he will not want to have another absence occasioned by injury. “It is very tough for us because we have no time to rest. We are playing tough games within a short period of time but it is the situation we find ourselves in and we have to adapt,” the tactician stated.He added; “It is difficult sometimes to get consistent results because all the time you have to change the team and maybe some players are not used to playing with each other. But I am happy that even in tough situations we have picked results.”Gor Mahia striker Jacques Tuyisenge attempts to beat Zoo Kericho keeper Martin Elung’at during their Kenyan Premier League clash in Kericho. PHOTO/KPLDespite the back to back games facing them, Gor has managed to open a five-point gap on top of the standings with victories over Zoo Kericho, Kariobangi Sharks and Nzoia Sugar taking them to 41 points on top of the standings.Against Sony, the defending champions will look to extend that gap to eight and history hugely favors them as they have lost only twice in 21 meetings against the Awendo based team.The sugar millers have failed to score against Gor over the last three meetings, K’Ogalo winning 1-0, 1-0 and 2-0. The last time Sony beat Gor was in August 2011 when they won 1-0 in Awendo.Despite that, Oktay hopes his side will not be curtailed by fatigue and they will be in for victory in a tough tie.Harun Shakava, Jack Tuyisenge, Ernest Wendo and Shafik Batambuze all who will be unavailable for Berkane’s visit on Sunday might be fielded after they were rested against Nzoia on Monday.Seventh placed Sony have lost two of their last five games and won the rest and with a target of squeezing into the top five, they will be keen to take advantage of Gor Mahia’s fatigue to pick victory for the first time since 2011. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more