Giannis Antetokounmpo becomes part-owner of the Milwaukee Brewers

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MILWAUKEE — NBA Finals MVP Giannis Antentokounmpo is continuing to set down roots in the community by becoming a minority owner of the Milwaukee Brewers.

The organization announced the news Friday with a press conference ahead of its weekend series against the Washington Nationals.

News of Antetokounmpo buying a small portion of the team broke just before the press conference and was first reported by MLB Network’s Jon Heyman and ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Brewers majority owner Mark Attanasio says it’s the first time in 17 years that the Brewers have added a new investor. Attanasio says Giannis first reached out about the possibility about investing in the Brewers a little more than a year ago. The agreement was reached and approved by MLB in May, just before Antetokounmpo and the Bucks started their championship run.

“This is unbelievable. This is a dream come true for a kid from Athens, Greece born from immigrant parents,” Antetokounmpo said. “I never thought I would be in this position.”

The Brewers were big supporters of the Bucks during their playoff run, with the team having a suite at the Fiserv Forum for the championship-clinching game. Attanasio says about 20 players were in the suite for the game.

“I’m going to text Christian Yelich every day now,” Antetokounmpo joked.

Giannis has long had a love for Milwaukee, where he first came to America as a wide-eyed 18-year-old from Greece and quickly winning fans over with his personality.

“Milwaukee invested a lot in me, and I want to invest myself in Milwaukee,” Antetokounmpo said Friday. “Milwaukee has made me who I am today. Without Milwaukee giving me opportunity, I wouldn’t be who I am today. They made me a better person, a better man.”

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The mutual admiration only grew stronger after he helped lead the Bucks to their first NBA championship in 50 years, scoring 50 points in the series-clinching win.

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Antetokounmpo won’t be the only pro athlete in Wisconsin to buy a part of another team in the state. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers also owns about 1% of the Milwaukee Bucks.