West News Wire: Tom Brady, a seven-time Super Bowl champion, has purchased stock in the WNBA champion Las Vegas Aces.

On May 31, he attended an Aces game. Subsequently, he sent Kelsey Plum of Las Vegas a jersey and other presents.

Brady said in a statement on Thursday, “I am very excited to be part of the Las Vegas Aces organization. “When I was younger, I used to go with my elder sisters to all of their sporting events because they were by far the best athletes in our home. As a family, we celebrated their successes, and they continue to be an enormous source of motivation for me.

“I have always been a huge fan of women’s sports, and I admire the work that the Aces’ players, staff, and the WNBA continue to do to grow the sport and empower future generations of athletes. To be able to contribute in any way to that mission as a member of the Aces organization is an incredible honor.”

Brady announced his retirement Feb. 1 at age 45. He won six Super Bowls with the New England Patriots and one with the Tampa Buccaneers and owns multiple passing records over a 23-year career.

“Tom Brady is a win not only for the Aces, and the WNBA, but for women’s professional sports as a whole,” Aces owner Mark Davis said in a statement.

WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert issued a statement that read: “We are pleased to see the incredible momentum around the WNBA continue as evidenced by our recent league and team equity deals. We look forward to welcoming Tom Brady as an owner once the league process and approvals are complete. We have seen Tom Brady courtside at our games and are thrilled he recognizes the value of supporting women’s basketball and the WNBA.”

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