Hank Aaron has various titles with Major League Baseball and the Atlanta Braves and has all manner of posts, substantive and honorary, in and around Atlanta and the country at large. He’s looking to add another: NBA owner. Or at least partial owner:
Marc Stein of espn.com reported on Sunday night that the Baseball Hall of Famer was part of a group seeking to buy the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks. Stein reported league sources said Aaron had joined Steve Kaplan, a Memphis Grizzlies minority owner and vice chairman; Jason Levien, a former Grizzlies CEO and now the managing general partner of the MLS team DC United; and Indonesian billionaires Erick Thohir and Handy Poernomo Soetedjo.
I’m guessing Aaron would be contributing less money than the Indonesian billionaires and would provide less day-to-day input than the other sports executives. But Aaron would not be the first person from the Atlanta Braves family to be involved with the Hawks, as former Braves President Stan Kastan was the Hawks’ GM and President before he took over the Braves.
Aaron’s involvement would likewise help the Hawks’ image locally which, as the linked article notes, has taken a beating lately with the outgoing majority owner, Bruce Levenson and GM Danny Ferry recently making racist and/or racially insensitive statements regarding the team and its fans made public.