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Magic Johnson has decided to step down from his position as the President of the Lakers basketball team. A position that allowed him to do anything he wanted, words given to him by the team owner, Jeanie Buss, but it seem Magic wants to go back to his normal life as Magic Johnson.
The former Laker says “I want go back having fun. I want go back to who I was before taking on this job.” Adding that being the President means he can’t help young men who come to him due to fines and tampering. When he wan’t in the Lakers, he was able to help any and everyone he could.
“The fines and the tampering and the this and the that, I can’t help young men who want me to help them, or I can’t tweet out. Like Russell Westbrook, that was a great feat the other day. I couldn’t even tweet it out to say, ‘Hey, congratulations.’ If I had did that, everyone would have said, ‘He’s tampering.’ I don’t like that. I like to be free.”
The resignation came abruptly on Tuesday night. The owner didn’t even know the move Magic was making. “I want to thank my sister for allowing me to do this,” Johnson said of Lakers owner Jeanie Buss. “I couldn’t face her to tell her, so I had to do it this way because we love each other so much.” A few hours later, Jeanie made a statement on Twitter, keeping it classy.
Earvin, I loved working side by side with you. You’ve brought us a long way. We will continue the journey. We love you 💜💛 https://t.co/ofmQl6BtBz
— Jeanie Buss (@JeanieBuss) April 10, 2019
Written by Clarke Jones