NBA star Russell Westbrook III was seen in the stand during Leeds United’s EFL Championship match against Cardiff City. Leeds drew the match with the scoreline of 2-2 in the last moments of the game with a goal by Crysencio Summerville in the 90 minutes mark.
Westbrook was one of the few investors who bought minor stakes in the English club. The club’s performance today, however, has left him in distress which was visible through his reaction today.
Leeds were relegated to the Championship after a drastic performance last season in the Premier League. After seeing the NBA star’s reaction, many fans commented about what he might have been thinking.
Some even took it to social media to actually connect his reaction with the club’s poor performance. One fan wrote, “He’s not the brightest lightbulb.” Another fan wrote, “Bro don’t even know about football 😭😭😭😭.”
And a third fan wrote, “bro has to play for the clippers and watch leeds get battered week in and week out😭😭I feel sorry for him.”
The match went pretty tight for most of the time. The start of it however wasn’t really in the favour of Leeds who were playing their first Championship match after Marcelo Bielsa last helped the team promote to the Premier League back in 2020.
Cardiff took the lead in the 23rd minute thanks to Josh Bowler‘s goal. This was immediately followed by Ike Ugbo’s goal in the 39th minute. Leeds went to the dressing room during the break lagging 2 goals behind. But right after the start of the second half, the team bounced back as Liam Cooper scored in the 49th minute. Summerville’s goal in the 90th minute came with some relief for Leeds who secured 1 point from the match.
How much did Russell Westbrook invest in recently relegated Leeds United?
Russell Westbrook III is one of the minority stakeholders of Leeds United. He joined the consortium which is led by Leeds co-owner 49ers Enterprises who are focused to take over the full club.
The NBA star himself has a net worth of $200 million. Westbrook is accompanied by golfers Jordan Speith and Justin Thomas who also both stakes of the club.
👊 Grafting til the final whistle! pic.twitter.com/aw68oKDjNx
— Leeds United (@LUFC) August 6, 2023
Although the consortium was trying to take full control of the club. But until now, no news of the complete takeover is there.
The new shareholders of the club would hope that Leeds would get back into the Premier League next season. The valuation of the club changed from $500 million to $213 million following their relegation.