Mookie Betts, Atlanta Dream part owner? MLB star answers LeBron James' call

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Mookie Betts, WNBA part owner? Dodgers star answers LeBron's call originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

As a superstar outfielder on the defending World Series champions, Mookie Betts has plenty of influence. And he's considering using that influence to wade into the ownership waters.

The Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder responded to Lakers star LeBron James' tweet Wednesday expressing interest in joining a group that would seek ownership of the WNBA's Atlanta Dream.

The Dream currently are co-owned by Mary Brock and Kelly Loeffler, a Republican politician who just lost her U.S. Senate runoff race in Georgia to Democrat Raphael Warnock.

Despite Loeffler's ownership stake in the team, members of the Dream strongly endorsed Warnock and even wore "Vote Warnock" T-shirts in support of the candidate last summer in the WNBA bubble in Florida.

Many credit the efforts of Dream players and their WNBA contemporaries for giving Warnock momentum in Georgia's special elections; ESPN's Mechelle Voepel noted Warnock was polling at 9% compared to Loeffler's 27% prior to the Dream's endorsement.

Loeffler has been a co-owner of the Dream since 2011 but angered WNBA players in July after she criticized the league for supporting the "Black Lives Matter" movement.

While Loeffler hasn't given any indication of selling the Dream, James is mulling a very public run at ownership and already has two high-profile supporters in Betts and actor Kevin Hart.

Betts always has been an incredibly talented player, but after his trade from the Boston Red Sox to Los Angeles last winter, he's now rubbing shoulders with one of the biggest power brokers in professional sports in James.