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You can never believe everything you see on the internet. 

By Dan Gartland
May 10, 2019

One of the more compelling parts of the Bucks’ blowout win over the Celtics in Milwaukee on Wednesday was a short clip of a man sitting behind Packers star Aaron Rodgers and his former racecar driver girlfriend Danica Patrick. 

The video shows the man passing Patrick and another woman glasses of what appears to be white wine. Patrick takes a $20 bill out of her wallet and attempts to hand it to the man in the second row. He refuses to take her money. 

Taken entirely out of context, it looks like the dude is making a move on Patrick right under Rodgers’s nose, which would be so hilariously bold. The real story isn’t nearly as entertaining.

It turns out the guy is a Milwaukee real estate developer named Rick Barrett. He’s been sitting in the courtside seats for a little while and is reasonably friendly with Rodgers and Patrick. WTMJ host Steve Scaffidi recognized Barrett and had him call in to his show to give his side of the story. 

“Well, (drinks in) courtside seats are free,” Barrett explained. “But at that point, I created a tip that Danica had been giving for one drink that she had ordered before. And she just gave a tip in the previous time, so I thought I would do the same on her behalf.”

While Barrett wasn’t exactly paying for the drinks, he did reveal that he ordered the two glasses of wine for Patrick and the woman next to her (the wife of Barrett’s business partner). 

“You know how this is,” Barrett told Scaffidi. “This is Milwaukee hospitality at its finest. Danica’s from Wisconsin, she’s one of us. I knew she’d be OK now that she’s a retired racecar driver. I think she can maybe have one (drink).”

See? Pretty boring. You can never believe everything you see on the internet. 

Barrett also said his son texted him to say he was trending on Twitter. 

“I don’t really know what that is,” Barrett replied. 

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