At a time when a Donald Sterling-type is capturing headlines for all the wrong reasons, it’s nice to see a professional sports franchise owner—or a former one, in this case—doing something to create some positive buzz.
Former Milwaukee Bucks owner Herb Kohl recently sent letters of appreciation to employees of the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Included in the letters were checks for $500.
According to WISN 12 News, workers were stunned when they saw the surprise Kohl had for them.
Kohl wasn’t available for comment after news of his kind gesture began to circulate, perhaps indicating that it was just a nice thing to do, rather than a way to gain some positive ink.
“I open it up and I see $500,” usher Izeal Atkins said. “I am not quick to shed tears. I sat there and shed tears for maybe five to 10 minutes because nobody just walks up and gives you $500.”
Well, Senator, you’re getting it anyway.
Kohl owned the Bucks from 1985 until he sold the franchise to Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry, a purchase that received final NBA approval two weeks ago.
In another move that is unusual, to say the least, for a former owner, Kohl has pledged $100 million toward the construction of a new arena for Milwaukee.