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LeBron James joins Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group as a partner, according to reports

Liverpool fan LeBron James already has a two per cent shareholding in the Premier League champions, but after reportedly becoming a partner in Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group, the NBA star effectively increases stake in the club

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James has been a leading voice in the fight for racial justice  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Image: Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James has often expressed his love for Liverpool

LeBron James has joined Fenway Sports Group as a partner, the Boston Globe reported, with the NBA star increasing his stake in Liverpool as a result.

The 36-year-old Los Angeles Lakers forward purchased an undisclosed number of shares in FSG, which has also approved a $750m private investment from RedBird Capital Partners, the Globe reported, citing a source with knowledge of the deal.

FSG did not respond when approached for comment by Reuters.

James has had a relationship with FSG since 2011, when he signed a marketing deal in exchange for a small ownership - two per cent - stake in Liverpool.

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Principal owner John Henry will remain in control of FSG, while chairman Tom Werner stays as the second-largest shareholder. RedBird Capital Partners now owns the third-largest share with President Michael Gordon fourth.

According to Forbes, James is expected to make $95.4m in salary and endorsements in 2021, with $31.4m of that from his Lakers contract. He was supposed to make $39.2m this season, but players' salaries are being reduced as the NBA works through the COVID-19 pandemic.

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