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Sean Combs, more commonly known as “Diddy,” put his name forward as the potential next owner of the Carolina Panthers in a series of statements across his official social media accounts on Monday. The news, as you might expect, invoked a broad range of reactions, including a series of comments from KRON4’s Henry Wofford that ignited a serious backlash.
While breaking down the news during a Kron4 broadcast, the Bay Area reporter laughed off Diddy’s announcement, asking: “How can we take him seriously?” before suggesting that Combs looked like “high in that video” and joking he had been “smoking blunts and drinkin 40’s.”
The comments provoked an understandable backlash among many, prompting an apology from Woffard on the station’s website, who claimed his remarks were an ill-fated attempt at humor and not intended to be disrespectful.
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.