Is billionaire Robert Smith going to purchase the Denver Broncos? You might look to his spouse’s Instagram feed for clues that he may nonetheless be within the working.
Hope Dworaczyk Smith, a former Playboy mannequin, posted a collection of images of herself in her and her husband’s suite at Sunday’s Tremendous Bowl.
Among the many blinged-out snaps: a shiny soccer purse.
“Attempting out this new proprietor of staff concept,” she mentioned within the Insta submit. “Nice recreation however unsure it matches. Possibly I’m extra a Rebecca,” she mentioned — a nod to a personality who owns a soccer franchise within the tv present Ted Lasso.
Denver native Smith has said he’s not interested in buying the Broncos — even after entreaties from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell who’s coping with expenses that the league is behind the occasions with regards to problems with race.
Smith is the US’s richest black man, with a web price estimated round $7 billion.
And a supply near the Smiths tells The Put up that Hope Smith’s Instagram submit was simply playful and isn’t an indication of a deal. The supply additionally says it’s not Robert Smith’s first time shopping for a stadium suite to observe the Tremendous Bowl.
In the meantime, The Put up reported completely final week that NFL honcho Goodell is placing monumental strain on Smith to purchase the staff and that Smith may nonetheless change his thoughts.
Smith rooted for the Broncos rising up in Denver. And the NFL may use some burnishing of its picture after an explosive racial discrimination suit from former NFL Coach Brian Flores, who’s black.
One purpose Robert Smith may move on a Broncos bid? He’s elevating cash for a brand new $20 billion-plus private-equity fund and doesn’t need doable buyers to assume he’ll be distracted by a brand new staff, a supply conversant in the state of affairs mentioned.
Media mogul Byron Allen has said he’s interested in bidding on the staff. One other doable bidder: Apollo International Administration Co-Founder Josh Harris who’s ready to supply greater than $3.5 billion for the mile-high staff, a sports activities staff proprietor conversant in the state of affairs mentioned. A Harris spokesman declined remark.