Over the weekend, Diddy made an announcement shortly after news broke that Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson was selling the team due to allegations of workplace misconduct. Puff, who has previously expressed interest in buying the entire NFL, said he wanted to buy the Panthers and signing on Colin Kaepernick.
This was an impressive statement, but it didn’t seem to move one member of a San Francisco news team. KRON-TV’s Henry Wofford made some comments during a sports segment called “The World According to Darya,” saying he didn’t believe Puff’s offer and insinuating that the Bad Boy was high and drunk.
“The guy looks high right there in this video,” Wofford said. “He looks like he smoked a blunt and drank a 40. Come on, I’m not taking him seriously.” Earlier in the segment, he said Puff doesn’t have the funds to actually buy the NFL team.
“The problem is—I checked—Diddy is only worth $800 million and the Panthers are valued at $1 billion.”
After the segment aired, people were visibly upset that Wofford would stereotype Brother Love.
Wofford apologized, but the damage had already been done.
Twitter was also looking for an apology from his co-anchor Darya Folsom, who laughed at his comments instead of correcting him.
In a full statement on posted on Monday, he elaborated on his tweet, writing that Diddy “has the work ethic, wisdom, dedication and contacts to be a successful NFL owner.”
Although it was said in an attempt to be funny, I realize insinuating a person may be drunk or on drugs is nothing to joke about. For that I sincerely apologize to Mr. Combs, his fans and everyone who was offended. Dozens of Diddy’s twitter followers have accused me of playing on racial stereotypes. That was not my goal. But I understand my comments had that impact and for that I sincerely apologize.
Sean Combs has a long history of success in the music industry and he has done a wonderful job investing millions of dollars in multiple businesses. He has a great reputation for making large donations to help the community. He’s a man who has worked from the bottom to the top and for that I respect his accomplishments. My comment was never intended to downplay what Diddy Combs has accomplished as an entrepreneur nor was it intended to question what he’s capable of accomplishing in the future. Sean Diddy Combs has the work ethic, wisdom, dedication and contacts to be a successful NFL owner.
You can read his entire apology here. Can we just let Puffy be great?