He's helped to revolutionize music. He's an Grammy award winning artist and producer. He's a successful actor. He takes care of his family. He loves his mama. It seems that almost everything that Diddy touches turns to gold, so why is it so hard for him to get a little respect?
Recently Sean "Diddy" Combs made public that he's more than interested in purchasing the Carolina Panthers, an NFL team that is up for sale following a Sports Illustrated exposé regarding inappropriate workplace conduct by their current team owner Jerry Richardson. California Bay Area news station KRON-TV aired a sports segment called "The World According to Darya," where a black anchor named Henry Woofford slammed the mogul along with host Darya Folsom. For two people that are active on media industry, they seemed to have no knowledge of Diddy's credentials.
“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.”
As Folsom laughed through his commentary, Woofford continued, “The problem is, I checked, Diddy is only worth $800 million, and the Panthers are valued at $1 billion."
“I don’t even know what Diddy does right now,” Folsom added. “What does Diddy do?”
“Diddy’s drinking and smoking right now,” Wofford joked. “The man was in another world.”
Yes, the man is in another world. It's a world that only few who are worth nearly one billion dollars on their own can tap into. While there were tens of thousands of people came Diddy's defense, the real issue is seated in why the hip-hop mogul, who's hands are immersed in various businesses, can't get the same respect that any other businessman with a general interest in expanding his portfolio.
Speaking of, let's educate the naysayers on how Diddy keeps the checks flowing in as a respected businessman and investor. There's the beverage company Agua Hydrate where he acts as an investor and board member. He's the founder of the legendary Bad Boy Entertainment where he not only launched his own career as an artist, but those of Notorious B.I.G., Faith Evans, 112, Ma$e, Craig Mack, Total, New Edition, The Lox, Cassie, Danity Kane, and many others. That doesn't include his work with other record labels where he helped work with and/or establish the careers of Mary J. Blige, Jodeci, Usher, TLC and Lil Kim. He also founded the Blue Flame Agency, a marketing company that has handled campaigns for Pepsi, Guiness, and M&Ms. Diddy has partnered with Diageo and back in 2007, he took over brand management and marketing for Ciroc, catapulting the failing brand into the stardom. He also launched his own music television network, Revolt, which began on Comcast is is now available nationally through major cable networks. Let's not forget he's a judge on "The Four: The Battle for Stardom," a new vocal singing competition alongside DJ Khaled, Mehgan Trainer, Charlie Walk, and Fergie. He also donates his money and time to charitable organizations, educational initiatives, and inner city projects to uplift and give back to marginalized communities.
I got all of that information from his Combs Enterprises website and didn't even include all of his accomplishments. So, if Woofford, as he said, looked up Diddy's net worth and still thought he was just some blunt smokin', 40 drinking black man who isn't up to par to be the owner of a NFL team, I'm curious as to why Woofford and his cohort Folsom really have disqualified Diddy.
Yes, after the social media backlash, Woofford offered a public apology for his statements.
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.
This all goes to show that black people continue to be disregarded even when they've fought through the odds to carve out their place in the world of multi-million dollar success. Black players constitute 70 percent of the NFL, it's not out of the box to think that black owners should be normal in the NFL. I, for one, am here for a Diddy owned NFL team along with a potential Colin Kaepernick partnership. Plus, the Carolina "Black" Panthers has a good ring to it. Just throwing that out there.