Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald recently purchased a minority stake in the Phoenix Suns. Making this move puts Larry in a very unique position; he is the only active Black NFL player with an ownership stake in an NBA team. The only other current NFL player with such an interest is Aaron Rodgers, who has a minority ownership stake in the Milwaukee Bucks.
This came to be due to Larry's relationship with Robert Sarver, the Suns' managing partner. Larry can be seen quite often at Suns games, having been a season ticket holder since 2005. He acts as an ambassador for the organization, similar to what Drake does for the Toronto Raptors. With his new found ownership, Fitzgerald will be able to sit in on interviews, canvas for Suns public arena votes, and will become even more active once he decides to retire from the NFL.
Fitz said of his relationship with Sarver, “I have a special place in my heart for the Phoenix Suns and Mercury, and I have a great deal of respect for Robert. He has become a dear friend and trusted confidante. He is a big part of why I am making this commitment.” Following behind his statements, Sarver said, “Larry has been a great ambassador for our organization for years. He is an Arizona icon and a businessman, passionate philanthropist, and leader. He brings a unique perspective from outside basketball but still grounded in sport, and we welcome him as a valued partner and investor."
This move will only make Fitzgerald more of a polarizing figure in Arizona, as he is a sports legend and extremely active in the community; so much that in 2016, he was named the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year.
Congratulations Fitz! Keep being an example on and off the field.