NBA star nets AS Roma stake

Boston Celtics star Kevin Garnett is set to become a minority stakeholder in Italian soccer club AS Roma.

Boston Celtics star Kevin Garnett is set to become a minority stakeholder in Italian soccer club AS Roma.

According to The Associated Press, the Serie A side has confirmed that Garnett accepted an offer from James Pallotta, a Celtics minority owner and member of an American consortium led by businessman Thomas Di Benedetto that bought AS Roma in August 2011 to become the first foreign owners of a top-tier Italian soccer team.

Pending approval by the NBA, Garnett’s investment will be similar to that made by Miami Heat star LeBron James in English Premier League side Liverpool FC. In April of last year, James bought a small stake in Liverpool’s parent company Fenway Sports Management (FSM), which also counts Di Benedetto as a partner.