There’s nothing quite like a Game 7 in the playoffs. No matter the sport, Game 7 drama is simply the best: win and you move on; lose and you go home.
But that drama apparently wasn’t enough for former New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez, who attended Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals on Sunday between the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns.
Rodriguez, who was spotted courtside with new girlfriend Kathryne Padgett, appeared to doze off during the game, based on a three-second video clip posted by Yahoo Sports (via @TSN_Sports).
Mavs putting A-Rod (and the Suns) to sleep 😴— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) May 16, 2022
Perhaps Rodriguez, now the co-owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves with billionaire Marc Lore, knew what he was doing, because the Mavericks rolled the Suns, 123-90, in a laugher to advance to the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors.
Or maybe Rodriguez was just tired of the attention that came with last week’s report he’s interested in buying the Miami Marlins, should they become available.
As for Padgett, she’s the same woman spotted with Rodriguez in January at the NFC Divisional Playoff Game between the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.
The NFL tweeted a video of Rodriguez (wearing a Packers hat) in the stands with a mystery woman during the fourth quarter. The clip included the caption, “A-Rod watching A-Rod.” ( Aaron Rodgers and the Packers lost to the 49ers, 13-10.)
After the Packers’ loss, Rodriguez posted on Twitter a video he recorded during the game. The eight-second clip did not show his date for the day. Instead Rodriguez is seen yelling with a fan: “Yeah! Let’s go! Cheese!”
As for his companion for the game, The Spun reports she “appears to be Kathryne Padgett. The woman had some posts on her Instagram Story that match up with the broadcast.”
Padgett has more than 5,000 followers on Instagram, though that number is sure to grow following Saturday night’s appearance.
According to her Instagram account, Padgett hails from Dallas and calls herself an “NPC Competitor.”
NPC appears to stand for the National Physique Committee, which calls itself a “premier amateur physique organization.” In other words, bodybuilding.
Padgett lists herself as the director of nutrition at Doyle Sports Performance, a baseball training academy in Atlanta, Ga. Doyle’s website lists Rodriguez as an alumni.
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