CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Now that Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson has unexpectedly announced that he's selling the franchise after the season ends, potential buyers are coming out of the woodwork.

Rapper and actor Diddy has indicated on Twitter his interest in purchasing the team. Two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry, a Charlotte native, chimed in with "I want in!"

Speedway Motorsports chairman Bruton Smith and his son, CEO Marcus Smith, previously expressed interest in buying the Panthers. And the team is loaded with minority owners including real estate magnate "Smoky" Bissell, Family Dollar founder Leon Levine and members of the Belk family.

Developer Johnny Harris, who was instrumental in luring the Wells Fargo Championship — and later the PGA Championship — to Charlotte, could also decide to increase his ownership stake in the team.

Richardson is accused of making sexual and racist remarks at the workplace. Forbes says the Panthers are valued at $2.3 billion.


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