Clippers goalkeeper Russell Westbrook joins Leeds United ownership group

Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook is the latest athlete to join the Leeds United ownership group. (AP/Emil T. Lippe)

Russell Westbrook enters English professional football.

Westbrook officially joined the investment group buying Leeds United on Thursday, he announced at a sports and entertainment summit hosted by Sportico. Westbrook invested in 49ers Enterprises, the investment arm of the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL, which .

It’s unclear when Westbrook officially invested, or what stake he now owns.

Westbrook agreed to a two-year, $8 million deal to stay with the Los Angeles Clippers earlier this summer in free agency. This agreement came after the end of his last supermax contract which he had initially signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Westbrook, who started last season with the Los Angeles Lakers, averaged 15.8 points and 7.6 assists in 21 games with the Clippers.

the new ownership group. New Orleans Pelicans forward Larry Nance Jr. and Indiana Pacers guard TJ McConnell also bought minority stakes in the club last month. Golfers Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth have also joined the ownership group.

at a valuation of around $213 million last month. The deal came after Leeds were relegated out of the Premier League earlier this year. Had they stayed in the top flight, the club’s valuation would have been much closer to $500m.

Radrizzani owned around 56% of Leeds and had been its majority shareholder since 2017. He has since bought majority ownership of Italian club Sampdoria. 49ers Enterprises first invested in Leeds in 2018.

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