So it’s no exaggeration to call what he did at the beginning of June historic: He announced that the current season would be his last, and that he was retiring from basketball. Those words came as no surprise from the 41-year-old player, but anyone who follows WNBA games can attest that age is not at all apparent in her performance.
However, it was only recently revealed that the basketball legend had turned to women’s football. True, not as a player, but as an investor: he bought a minority stake in NJ / NY Gotham FC. This team in the North American Professional League, NWSL, before 2021 we found it on the field under the name Sky Blue FC. American women’s football is at the forefront of the world, and the national team has won the Olympics and the World Cup four times. Sue Bird has been associated with the sport, since her wife since 2017 is Megan Rapinoe, a two-time world champion and one-time Olympic champion, and in 2019 she was voted the Golden Ball for the best female soccer player in the world. world, and thanks to her fighting spirit, members of the US women’s national team get the same premium as the men.
NJ/NY Gotham announced in a statement Friday that Sue Bird will be joining the owners of the club, who also includes men’s basketball legend Kevin Durant.
“As a New Yorker, it was an easy decision to invest in Gotham.” The club has demonstrated sustainable business growth and exists as an important pillar of the community. There is a lot of talk about the power of investing in women’s sports, and as an athlete in an investor position, I’m excited to lead by example now.
According to the club, in addition to investing, Sue Bird will act as a consultant and advisor and will also be involved in the club’s community initiatives.
Cover photo: Sue Bird playing her final season in the WNBA (Photo: AFP/Getty Images/Brian Babineau)