Stephen Curry Says He's 'Really Serious' About Panthers Ownership Bid

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistDecember 23, 2017

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Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry said he holds legitimate interest in joining a group to bid on the NFL's Carolina Panthers.

The 29-year-old two-time NBA MVP, who played high school and college basketball in North Carolina, explained his outlook to ESPN's Rachel Nichols.

"I'm serious. I'm really serious about that," Curry said. "I think it's such a unique opportunity to impact my hometown. Just an unprecedented, unique situation, and knowing kind of what the storylines are around the NFL right now, maybe having a hand in that.

"So we'll see how that plays out and take whoever along [to] ride with me. Whoever wants to come watch Cam [Newton] and everybody, hopefully win Super Bowls."

Curry first expressed interest after replying to a Twitter message from Sean "Diddy" Combs, who said he wanted to buy the Panthers, saying, "I want in!"

Curry doesn't have the resources to make a solo bid—Forbes estimated his net worth at $47.3 million in June—but with Diddy ($820 million) and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick ($20 million), the group has a solid financial foundation.

Forbes estimated the Panthers' value at $2.3 billion in its latest NFL valuations.

Current team owner Jerry Richardson announced Sunday he planned to put the franchise up for sale at the conclusion of the current season amid an investigation into alleged sexual harassment.

Charlotte businessman Felix Sabates, a minority owner of the NBA's Charlotte Hornets, told WITN he's also forming a group to bid on the Panthers, with four investors already committed.

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