Harold Ford Jr. Wants Part of Grizzlies

Former congressman Harold Ford Jr. has agreed to become a member of Robert Pera’s Memphis Grizzlies ownership group, reports the Commercial Appeal.
Less than two weeks after Pera added some star power in the person of homegrown pop star and actor Justin Timberlake, he’s come to an agreement with the former five-term congressman from Memphis.
“I’m honored to be a part of Robert’s ownership group,” said Ford, who did not specify what percentage of the team he will own. “He’s a genuine guy and a great guy.”
Ford said he met Pera through mutual friends more than a year ago, before Pera began his pursuit of the Grizzlies. When Pera reached an agreement with Michael Heisley to buy the franchise, Ford said he had the same concerns as everyone else.
“I still have a home in Memphis; I didn’t want to see the team leave,” he said. “I watched the speculation and read the articles. But from the beginning, Robert assured me that moving the team was not his desire. He’s serious about making the team a success on and off the court. He’s even more serious about making sure there’s local involvement.”

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