Reporter who mocked Diddy’s bid to buy NFL team blasted furiously, apologizes

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When Diddy made a sincere declaration that he wanted to purchase the Carolina Panthers after its scandal-plagued owner announced he was selling the team, Sean Combs became the subject of abject “hateration.” But it was surprising that the denunciations came from an African American news reporter.

While breaking down the news during a Kron4 broadcast, the Bay Area reporter Henry Wofford laughed off and severely ridiculed 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’.” And then he kept going as his fellow White anchor continued to laugh.

Needless to say, Wofford’s words brought a swift and brutal rebuke from observers:

That reporter, KRON4 newsman Henry Wofford, had to withstand tornado-intensity backlash for his imprudent attempt at jokes that relied on antiquated stereotypes.

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.

Wofford followed up with another apology on his Twitter accounts: 

Diddy is a businessman who has the work ethic, success & contacts to run an NFL team.My response to @DaryaKRONFolsom question was regarding if he’s serious about buying the team. She laughed at my joke. The snippet takes things out of context. Sorry for any misunderstanding.

Henry Wofford (@HWoffordKRON4) December 18, 2017

Despite his pleas for forgiveness and desperation to return to normalcy, the devastating Twitter hits just kept coming from everywhere like a blizzard, so Wofford was finally forced to delete one Twitter account and privatize the other.

Check out Black Twitter lambasting Wofford into oblivion: 

Terry Shropshire
Terry Shropshire

A military veteran and Buckeye State native, I've written for the likes of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Detroit Free Press. I'm a lover of words, photography, books, travel, animals and The Ohio State Buckeyes. #GoBucks



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