Nets’ Joe Tsai shoots down Alex Rodriguez, Mets property rumor

Despite a report Joe Tsai is part of Alex Rodriguez’s offer to buy the Mets, the owner of the Nets and Liberty said he is not in the mix.

“Sorry, Twitter, it’s not true,” Tsai tweeted Saturday of the rumor. “I grew up as a fan of the Mets and have a lot of respect for Alex and Jennifer. But I’m not involved in bidding for the Mets. I have to focus on basketball. “

Rodríguez, the former big fan of the childhood Yankees and Mets, and his fiancé Jennifer López have organized a star-studded offer for the Amazon that includes a series of high-profile sports figures, including the tight end of the champion of the Super Bowl Travis Kelce and former NFL running back DeMarco. Murray, among others. Ironically, it’s former Brooklyn Net Mason Plumlee, also involved in A-Rod’s offering, who named Tsai a member of the group.

“Spoiler alert: We now have another billionaire sports owner in the mix as a partner, Joe Tsai, who takes our collective net worth to the top of the offer list,” Plumlee recently wrote on her personal website, removing the reference. after Denial of Tsai.

Tsai’s net worth is truly impressive, and it grows even in 2020 when others have suffered a monetary bleed.

Alex Rodriguez;  Joseph Tsai
Alex Rodriguez; Joseph TsaiPaul J. Bereswill, Anthony J. Causi

The 56-year-old is worth $ 13.2 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaire Index, up to $ 183 million in the latest daily update and $ 1.07 billion so far this year.

And last week it was reported that Alibaba’s executive vice president had cut his stake in the company he co-founded from 2.2 percent to 1.6 percent.

The shares, downloaded amid a rise in Alibaba prices in recent months, were worth $ 3.3 billion as of Friday.

It is unclear how much of that cash inflow was used to close its acquisition of Mikhail Prokhorov’s Nets and Barclays Center, both moves first reported by The Post.

Either way, Tsai will use nothing to buy the Mets, which would be the third local team added to its portfolio.

A potential complication could have arisen if Tsai had joined the A-Rod offering, as the Nets play on the YES Network and the Mets play on rival SNY.

“The Nets have a relationship with YES Network [Yankees] and that relationship is [their] priority, “said a source.