Aaron Rodgers buys minority stake in Milwaukee Bucks

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has purchased a minority stake in the Milwaukee Bucks, the team announced during Friday night's game against the Boston Celtics.

Rodgers was sitting courtside with his girlfriend, racecar driver Danica Patrick, and fellow Bucks owner Wes Edens for the game, which the Bucks won 116-92 to cut the Celtics' series lead to 2-1.

"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 in a statement released by the team. "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."

Rodgers, 34, is the first active NFL player to own a piece of a major sports franchise based in his own team's market.

He joined the Packers in the 2006 draft and splits his time between Green Bay and southern California. Rodgers is originally from Chico, Calif.

"Aaron is a winner, a Wisconsin icon, and we are honored to welcome him to our partnership group of the Milwaukee Bucks," the Bucks ownership group said in a statement. "With our team in the playoffs and our new world-class arena opening this fall, it's an exciting time for this city and the Bucks. We are thrilled for Aaron to be with us."

--Field Level Media