Former Milwaukee Bucks owner Herb Kohl sent letters of appreciation to workers at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, letters that included $500 checks. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Former Milwaukee Bucks Owner Herb Kohl Reaches Out To Arena Workers


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.

“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.”

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.

“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.”

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.

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.

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