When Sean “Diddy” Combs announced he wanted to buy an NFL team this week, a couple of San Francisco TV anchors laughed at the idea on-air. Now the reporters are issuing an apology after their comments were widely criticized on social media.
During KRON-TV’s sports segment “The World According to Darya” Monday morning, Darya Folsom and Henry Wofford reported on Diddy’s offer to purchase the Carolina Panthers after the owner put it up for sale amid sexual misconduct allegations.
The media mogul, who initially expressed his interest on Twitter Sunday, said he wanted to make history as one of the few majority African American NFL owners.
“How can you take Diddy seriously? The guy looks high right there in this video,” Wofford said on the show. “He looks like he smoked a blunt and drank a 40. ... You got to stay in your comfort zone. You know music. Go and do your music thing.”
Folsom laughed hysterically, adding, “I don’t even really know what Diddy does anymore. What does Diddy even do?”
The clip hit the internet quickly, and many criticized the journalists for their comments. The controversy also prompted a conversation about race and stereotypes, particularly those aimed at black people, and several thought Combs was more than capable of taking on the endeavor.
After the backlash, Wofford and Folsom published an apology on KRON’s site Monday evening.
Wofford said he intended the remarks to be funny, but he noted “insinuating a person is drunk or on drugs is nothing to joke about.”
“Dozens of Diddy’s Twitter followers have accused me of playing on racial stereotypes,” Wofford, who is black, continued. “That was not my goal. But I understand my comments had that impact and for that I sincerely apologize.”
While Folsom apologized for “entertaining his comments,” he added she should not be blamed for the incident.
Take a look at the full apology below.
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