Jay-Z and Jeff Bezos had dinner together Monday night amid reports the pair are interested in buying the Washington Commanders from controversial owner Daniel Snyder.
TMZ reported last week that a joint offer between 52-year-old Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter and 58-year-old Bezos is “on the table,” and plans are clearly in flux as the pair met Monday.
According to TMZ, Jay-Z and Amazon founder Bezos visited Horses near the Sunset Strip around 7:30 p.m., with the latter staying at their table for about two hours, while Carter left around midnight.
The meeting comes after news last week that Snyder is considering the franchise, with the longtime owner reportedly seeking more than $7 billion for the team.
Snyder took ownership of the team in 1999 and has overseen a range of issues within the franchise, including allegations of a toxic workplace and sexual harassment.
Snyder also resisted calls to change the team’s name for years, as they were previously known as the Redskins, which is considered offensive to Native Americans.
Jay-Z and Jeff Bezos met for two hours Monday night in Los Angeles as the pair dined amid reports they want to buy the Washington Commanders together.
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Bezos was pictured with his partner Lauren Sanchez, who also attended Monday night’s Sunset Boulevard dinner
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Jay-Z and Jeff Bezos had plenty to choose from at Sunset Boulevard hotspot Horses…here’s how much a three-course meal can make you care:
Kumamoto Oysters $24
+ caviar added $30
Pork chop milanese with haricots vert remoulade $44
Glass of Cabernet Sauvignon $23
4% restaurant fee $5.80
Total Cost: $150.80
The team changed their name to the Commanders this year.
If Jay-Z and Bezos succeed with a potential bid for the team, they could be joined in the form of a new A-lister.
Matthew McConaughey is said to have joined the couple’s efforts to buy the franchise last week, with a source shedding light on the situation to the New York Post.
“Matthew has always been a big fan and his ties to the team go way back,” they said. “They support his foundation and he’s good buddies with Dan Snyder – he and… [supermodel wife Camilla Alves] were on Dan’s hunt over the Super Bowl last year.”
Despite growing up in Texas, where the rival Cowboys are easily the most popular professional sports team, McConaughey rooted for the Redskins, as they were known then.
According to the Post, McConaughey preferred Washington because star Redskins linebacker Chris Hanburger’s name was almost the same as his favorite food from his childhood, burgers.
Snyder, 57, already has four interested potential buyers, according to Forbes and has retained Bank of America to sell the Commanders, the club announced on Wednesday.
Bezos, Carter and McConaughey all have some experience in the sports world.
The Amazon founder has already made a mark on the NFL, with his company buying exclusive streaming rights to Thursday Night Football for $1 billion per season.
Jay-Z previously owned a minority stake in Brooklyn Nets and then founded sports agency Roc Nation sports, which now has clients such as LaMelo Ball, Kevin De Bruyne and Saquon Barkley.
Jay-Z left the restaurant around midnight, while Bezos and other diners stayed at the table for two hours
Lauren had previously posted an image to her Instagram story of her outfit for the evening with partner Jeff and Jay-Z
Finally, McConaughey is a minority shareholder of the recent expansion MLS side Austin FC, and also holds the title of “minister of culture” there.
A federal investigation into allegations of financial malpractice involving the commanders is currently underway. Earlier, attorneys generals in Virginia and Washington DC announced similar investigations into claims that Snyder withheld refundable deposits from cardholders and hid revenue from NFL teams.
News of a potential sale follows comments from Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay urging the NFL to remove Snyder as commander-owner. At last month’s league meetings in New York, Irsay said it is “deserved” to boot Snyder, who is considered one of the least popular owners in professional sports.
The pair met at Horses near the Sunset Strip around 7:30 PM, with Bezos leaving about two hours after arriving.