Red Sox owner speaks out on rumors he's buying the Boston Celtics

John Henry commented on rumors the Boston Celtics are selling
John Henry commented on rumors the Boston Celtics are selling / Jaiden Tripi/GettyImages

Red Sox owner John Henry acknowledged the Boston Celtics ownership group's intentions to sell the franchise, but he avoided making any specific comments about the situation in a statement to The Athletic‘s Jen McCaffrey.

“We commend Wyc Grousbeck, his family, and their partners for their remarkable stewardship of the Boston Celtics, an organization that means so much to the City of Boston and countless fans across New England and the globe,” Henry prefaced before saying, “Under their leadership, the Celtics have been part of the city’s remarkable golden age of sports marked not only by championship success on the court but also through their exemplary community engagement.

“We greatly admire and respect the Celtics organization, its players, and its amazing fans, but have no comment on the forthcoming bidding process.”

John Henry hated by Red Sox fans and would be tough sell to Boston Celtics fans

Not every Celtics fan is in or around the New England region but a large majority of the fanbase is. So most are familiar with the work Henry has done with the Red Sox.

And let's just say that Henry would be a very unpopular choice with many Sox fans who've witnessed Henry build mighty lineups and starting rotations in Boston just to tear them down even quicker to avoid paying steep taxes.

In August 2012, Henry bailed on a core that looked destined to win it all in 2011 but blew a nine-game AL East lead in September to miss the playoffs entirely; trading Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Nick Punto, and Carl Crawford to the Los Angeles Dodgers. It was deja vu in 2020 when he traded away 2018 World Series Champions Mookie Betts and David Price to the Dodgers.

Celtics fans looking for an endless spender who will have no issue ponying up for the team's expensive core won't want to see Henry running things in Boston.

One bad month of games could mean the top players get dealt away since the Fenway Sports Group doesn't like to spend like other potential owners in this process.

Ask most Celtics fans, and you'll most likely hear Henry isn't the executive they'd hope to see steer the Cs ship into the future.