NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning and Penny Hardaway are joining a group of minority owners being assembled by prospective owner Robert J. Pera. Also part of the minority group includes Actor/Singer Justin Timberlake and someMemphis businessmen. The deal isn’t official as Pera’s attempted purchase of the Memphis Grizzlies still has to be approved by the NBA.
Some of you might be wondering what connection Peyton Manning, Penny Hardaway and Justin Timberlake have to the Memphis Grizzlies. Justin Timberlake was born in Memphis so it would only make sense he wants to be involved in something in his hometown. Penny Hardaway is a long time Memphis native who also played College basketball at “Memphis State”.
Robert J. Pera is the owner of a technology company based out of California. Pera reached a deal to buy the Memphis Grizzles from Michael Heisley back in June 2012 for an estimated $350 Million. It is believed that the NBA will be approving the deal at some point this month. Peyton Manning and his wife Ashley Manning got married in 2001 on St. Patrick’s day in Memphis. Ashley Manning’s hometown is Memphis. It’s not expected that Peyton Manning will be involved in any paper work. “While my focus is on playing quarterback for the Denver Broncos, I look forward to watching her become involved with her hometown team,” Peyton Manning said.