*In a late-night statement released to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sunday, Martin Luther King III confirmed his involvement in discussions to purchase a part of the New York Mets.
King said that he hoped that the venture, if successful, would increase diversity among the owners in professional sports. He also pointed out the obvious: major league baseball has no African-American owners.
“I believe in the merit and American value of creating an example,” King said in the statement, “and if I personally, or as part of a collective, can advance the vision of a more diverse ownership group in professional sports, domestically or internationally, then, like my father, I am prepared to act in that spirit.”
He added, “There has been a lot of discussion and speculation about my participation in the acquisition of the New York Mets. The public release of those discussions was premature.”
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