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Principal owner John Ingram stated Witherspoon along with her husband, investor and agent Jim Toth, as well as Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry agreed to join the ownership group just five days before the Nashville Soccer Club opens at GEODIS Park.
“The team, the management and the players have worked so hard to build this amazing organization and community. So, I’m thrilled to announce that my husband, Jim Toth, and I have made an investment in the club and are now a part of the ownership group moving forward,” said Witherspoon in the statement. “On behalf of Jim and our children, we are thrilled to be a part of the NSC family!”
Witherspoon joins a growing list of celebrities who are also part-owners of MLS teams, including Dwayne Wade, Matthew McConaughey and Will Ferrell.
Henry is also now the fourth player in NFL history to serve as owner of an MLS team, according to the statement.
“As a kid growing up in Florida, I imagined being a professional sports owner and the opportunity to do that with a Major League Soccer club is truly a dream come true,” said Henry in the press release.
Nashville SC first began playing at Nissan Stadium in 2020 and continued with its first eight games. The team is set to open its season against Philadelphia on May 1.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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