Aaron Rodgers, who plays for the only publicly owned club in North American sports, has become a team owner himself. On Friday, the Milwaukee Bucks announced that the Green Bay Packers quarterback has purchased a partial stake in the franchise.
The Bucks announced the move during their playoff tilt with the Boston Celtics, a game Rodgers attended. He becomes the only active NFL player with an ownership stake in an NBA team.
”I have proudly called Wisconsin my home for the past 13 years, and I am thankful for the friendships and the opportunities I have been given to live and play here,” Rodgers said in a team statement. “I am excited and honored to deepen my connection to the region by joining Wes Edens, Marc Lasry, Jamie Dinan, Mike Fascitelli and the ownership group of the Milwaukee Bucks. As a huge fan of the NBA and the sport of basketball, this is a dream come true for me, and I look forward to furthering my affinity for Wisconsin sports as a minority owner in a team I love and support.”
Since joining the Packers in 2005, Rodgers has developed a taste for Wisconsin athletics. He regularly attended Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball games during the program’s back-to-back trips to the final four and publicly supported Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun during his PED investigation.