National Basketball Association player Jonas Jerebko buys Renegades

Henrietta Brewer
August 30, 2016

Boston Celtics forward Jonas Jerebko has purchased esports franchise Renegades, IMG announced in a press release Tuesday.

The Celtics forward signed the players, based out of Australia, and moved them into a house and training center in Rochester, Michigan, with a coach and a manager.

The Detroit Renegades will debut their Call of Duty team at CoD XP 2016 on September 1st as they play in Group D against Pulse Gaming, Epsilon eSports and Team Allegiance in the $2 million world championship event.

The organization, which has teams in League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Halo, has gone through a turbulent campaign after mismanagement accusations. The roster of Aaron "AZR" Ward, Justin "jks" Savage, Yaman "yam" Ergenekon, Karlo "Ustilo" Pivac, Ricardo "Rickeh" Mulholland, Nicholas "peekay" Wise, and Chris "GoMeZ" Orfanellis will remain intact. The Call of Duty team includes Adam "KiLLa" Sloss, Troy "Sender" Michaels, Martin "Chino" Chino and Steven "Diabolic" Rivero.

"It's a whole new regime that we've structured", Jerebko said. He has been a team representative for the NBA Players' Union in his time with both teams.

With little activity over the last few months a sale was rumoured and has now been confirmed with Celtics player Jonas Jerebko taking the helm. "That's not going to happen with me". Rick Fox bought a team to form Echo Fox in December and Shaquille O'Neal bought a piece of NRG esports earlier this year.

Jerebko is the first current National Basketball Association player to make such a big move into the esports space, but former National Basketball Association players Rick Fox (with his team Echo Fox) and Shaquille O'Neal (with an investment in NRG Esports) have also made significant investments. The org's League of Legends squad came under heavy fire from Riot Games after allegations of tampering and misconduct ended in a lifetime ban for former owner Chis Badawi from the LCS.

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