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NFL star JJ Watt tweets interest in buying Utah Royals

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Posted at 6:07 PM, Aug 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-30 23:46:50-04

Not even a day after Real Salt Lake and Utah Royals FC owner Dell Loy Hansen announced he would be selling the teams following controversial comments, an NFL star is throwing his hat in the ring, expressing interest for a team.

JJ Watt, who plays for the Houston Texans, expressed his interest in buying the Royals:

Hansen left the teams Sunday following backlash over racist remarks he made while players chose to protest over civil unrest and racial inequality in the United States.

In the statement, Hansen says he and his wife Julie are “fully invested in supporting the transition to new ownership and will work diligently to try to ensure that the Club stays within our community.”

Other parties who've expressed interest in purchasing the teams are Ryan Smith, the CEO and co-founder of Utah tech company Qualtrics, RSL staff wrote.