Outgoing Bucks Owner Herb Kohl Gives Arena Employees $500 Checks

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Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistMay 27, 2014

In a classy move, Herb Kohl made sure BMO Harris Bradley Center employees knew their hard work was appreciated.

Kohl sold the Milwaukee Bucks earlier this year for $550 million. He has seen his final game as Bucks owner, but that didn't stop him from leaving the arena employees with a nice parting gift.

According to WISN Milwaukee's Kent Wainscott, Kohl expressed his "gratitude and appreciation" by sending each employee a letter with a $500 check enclosed. The gesture left some, including usher Izeal Atkins, speechless and in tears.

"Then I go, and I open it up, and I see $500," Atkins said, via Wainscott. "I am not quick to shed tears. I sat there and shed tears for maybe five to 10 minutes because nobody just walks up and gives you $500."

That is one terrific way to go out.

Kohl bought the Bucks in 1985 for $18 million, and this was his way of thanking some of the people who helped make his product presentable.


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