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Magic Johnson stunned reporters when he announced he was stepping down as the Los Angeles Lakers' President of Basketball Operations on Tuesday. Johnson laughed and joked with reporters, saying he had not yet informed team owner Jeannie Buss of his decision.

"Today, I'm gonna step down as president... Rachel, I'm free my love!" he told sports reporter Rachel Nichols. Johnson said he "had more fun" when he was a "big brother and ambassador to everybody... I was happier when I wasn't president.”

When asked if he informed Buss that he was quitting, Johnson said, "She doesn't know I'm standing here, because I knew I'd be crying like a baby in front of her... But it's the right thing to do."

"Somebody gon' have to tell my boss," he laughed. 'Cause I know she's gonna be sick, but I know I couldn't face her face-to-face and tell her - even though I was just with her yesterday."

He said he planned to mentor athletes including tennis superstar Serena Williams, who called him a week ago and asked him to mentor her and join her advisory board.

Johnson said he missed being able to tweet to younger players because of rules and restrictions.

"You know, I thought about [Miami Heat star] Dwyane Wade retiring tomorrow and I can't even tweet it out."

"I had more fun on the other side than on this side, because now, tomorrow I would have to affect somebody's livelihood and life."

He also said he "didn't like all the back stabbing," a statement that many assumed was directed at Lakers star LeBron James.

Johnson's announcement sent shock waves through the NBA.

Last year, the Lakers acquired the NBA's top player, LeBron James, in the hopes of ending the franchise's playoff drought. But Lakers fans say James was only interested in chasing NBA records and becoming a Hollywood star.

The finger pointing began soon after reality dawned that the Lakers's will miss the playoffs for the 6th straight season.

Johnson was under pressure to fire Lakers head coach Luke Walton, but he just couldn't bring himself to do it. "Luke is a good man. I like Luke," he said.

Walton has two years left on his contract.

Lakers fans dragged the former Lakers star on social media for his cowardly exit.

"Magic Johnson decided it's better to just be Magic Johnson and quit on a woman he described as family," wrote one Twitter user.

"I'm glad he quit 'cause he wasn't doing anything," another user tweeted.

Johnson said he missed the beautiful life he had before joining the Lakers franchise.

"I was like, damn, I got a great life outside of this... What am I doing? You know, I've got a beautiful life. So I'ma go back to that beautiful life. And, uh, I'm looking forward to it."

He continued: "A monkey just went off my back, and I'm happy."
 

  • Coy little wink

    Chile....

  • what?why

    Well that's egotistical and professional (sic) not telling the owner. Tells the whole story, he was going to be fired and he beat her to the punch.

  • iWasteTime

    Damn! Last night was A LOT!
    Wade and Dirk scoring 30 on their way out
    Budweiser Wade Tribute had me in tears
    Magic resigns in a hour rant
    Crawford ass scored 51

  • Shamwow

    I don’t blame him. I once had to quit from a job that made me unhappy and negatively affected my life. Best decision ever, that’s right Johnson do what’s right for you. At the end of the day life is exactly what you make of it. Enjoy it and be with your family. Hopefully you’ll come out of the closet next, but one thing at a time buddy live your life.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    "She doesn't know I'm standing here, because I knew I'd be crying like a baby in front of her... But it's the right thing to do."
    -----------
    No, Magic. It's not the right thing the do, not the way you did it. Jeannie Buss looked you in the eye when she hired you; so you should have been able to look her in the eye when you decided to step down. She shouldn't have to hear the news from somebody else.

  • Yoni7

    "You can live through anything if Magic made it."

  • Marlika

    ?? The naysayers!!

    I phucks with Magic!??????

  • Yoni7

    I once had to quit from a job that made me unhappy and negatively affected my life. Best decision ever,
    __________________
    I'm working on THIS right now. Too many signs are there. I need to listen.....

  • Myopinion

    hehehe...whyyy? That last sentence had me laughing. you went from serious to funny...good one

  • Yoni7

    Magic resigns in a hour rant
    _____________
    An hour rant???!!! WOW!!!!

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Crawford dropping 51 at age 39 was probably the most impressive to me. That dude is ageless.

  • iWasteTime

    Yes!!! It was so long.
    Reporters were updating like "Magic is 40 minutes in" "We're at 50 now "

  • Shamwow

    You got this. You will never regret choosing yourself. ???

  • We Can Do This

    I agree. He accepted the position and all of its duties. Business is business.

  • Gloria

    No job is worth a peace of mind. I feel ya Magic.

  • Gloria

    Classic Kanye quote lol

  • Gloria

    Lol, I was not expecting that last sentence ??

  • Yoni7

    Whale, I do THAT now........I just gotta get out of the conditioned employee/job mindset and develop a stronger BOSS thought process.

  • Seldomseen

    I love the Rose Garden and hate y’all all at the same damn time??

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Yup. And if you feel you'll have a hard time saying the words to her face, then at least type up a resignation letter, hand it to her to read... and just let her know your decision is final and she won't be able to talk you out of it. I like Magic, but that was kinda cowardly on his part.

  • Yoni7

    WOW! So in a sense, they were laughing at him, is the way EYE see it.

  • Seldomseen

    Being able to really pick and choose what you want to do daily has to be one of the most liberating feelings in the world.

  • Tinytoon

    He should have told her first, then dropped the bomb on the reporters. You know she lost her ? last night.

  • Yoni7

    YAAAASSS!!! He has a lot of them too! A LOT!

  • MoneyMillz

    I heard that he wanted to fire Luke but Jeannie forced him not to

  • iWasteTime

    I thought it was opposite. They wanted Luke gone and he didn't want to do it!
    I loves me some Luke !

  • iWasteTime
  • Gloria

    Doesn’t he? I was a fan in high school. Me and my friends would go all day just rapping/singing his stuff ?

  • Yoni7

    Johnson was under pressure to fire Lakers head coach Luke Walton, but he just couldn't bring himself to do it.
    ____________________
    Translation:
    Luke got pictures, text messages, taped recordings AND receipts on Magic. LOL

  • tintin

    Raptors is taking it this year. My city will win the playoffs.

  • Rere

    Peace of mind will always trump a piece of paper??...

  • Judge Mental Will

    Does anyone have a fck to give? Because I don't ?????

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    I don't follow sports.

  • WinterIsComing

    Yes Maam!

  • millz

    ?

  • WinterIsComing

    Okay! Boss sh!t!

  • WhoKnew

    Ditto with the comments and sentiments below.

    Before I retired I was working 16 hour days getting home at 11 pm every night...working on Friday date nights, etc. Then working 5 hours on Saturdays turned into working 8 hours each on Saturday and Sunday. When they offered an early out 6 years ago, I wasn't ready financially but I discussed it with my fam and we said we're going to make this work and my hand was the first one to go up.

    I worked for a lawyer who was batshyt crazy. He wrestled with being gay and financially supporting a partner he'd been with for 10 years who was cheating now cheating on him so that made him McDonalds supersized batshyt crazy...so yeah, I think MJ could have handled it a little more professionally but I definitely get it when you want peace of mind, peace of sleep, peace of happiness...peace to come and go without watching the clock. I have not worn a watch in 6 years since I retired. I rarely check email anymore. That MoFo was emailing me work to do at 2 am in the morning. So yeah, if my family or friends want to reach out to me call me or send a text. Yeah, I get it.

  • SayWhatNow?

    Morning Ms. Sandra, could we please get a post about the US couple that died in the Dominican Republic?

  • LeeSeeCee

    I understand leaving a job because you are unhappy, BUT, going on TV and CRYING is not the way to go BEFORE you inform your employer. If I were JB, there would be NO severance and those bomb tickets he gets needs to experience an unfortunate series of events EVERY game. No more smooth sailing, just dumb, petty sh*t, lol.

  • WhoKnew

    Oh, they found them dead? Wow, so they were kidnapped and then killed? I haven't read the story yet.

  • Coy little wink

    Its on CNN dot com

  • WhoKnew

    Okay, thanks...

  • Topic Influencer

    "Magic Johnson decided it's better to just be Magic Johnson and quit on a woman he described as family," wrote one Twitter user.

    ^^^^^^^^^
    I dont think folks get it. Its hard to fire a man (Luke) whose whole being may as well say.... is rooted in the damn NBA. He is Bill Walton's SON and he is LEGIT named after a now deceased former Lakers player...Maurice Lucas. I would leave before I had to do it AS WELL. FOH. Lakers fans have ALWAYS been delusional AF to me.

  • Topic Influencer

    As well

  • GAPeach

    I had the pleasure of meeting Magic years ago when I worked for WAMU (they aren't even open anymore). He was so sweet and signed a basketball for me. I'm forever a fan.

  • SayWhatNow?

    I think so.

  • Topic Influencer

    In further NBA news...someone was cutting some onions in my kitchen last night when Dirk Nowitzki played his last Mavericks game. When he got choked up during his speech.. I bout couldnt take it. Had to turn

  • Ghost

    Congratulations on your exit! Peace is EVERYTHING!

  • Coy little wink

    Hay y'all...its a real bish birthday today ????????????

  • GAPeach

    Happy Birthday!

  • Dasright

    Dirk is a real one and he'll be missed!

  • Ghost

    Happy Birthday ?

  • Yardgirl

    Co-sign!!

  • Topic Influencer

    Im sorry but job or no job in 2019...Magic deserves those "bomb" tickets for the rest of his life. He helped build the Lakers to what they are today far as being celebrated good or bad seasons... starting WAY back in the 80s. Along with Norm Nixon, Worthy, and Abdul-Jabbar. Many others. JB can treat him bad if she wants to. I see the whole city rebelling against her. She dont want that smoke over one of the best Lakers who ever did it behind some front office MESS.

  • JV

    Probably the last superstar to stay with one team their whole career. I always liked Dirk.

  • Topic Influencer

    THIS!

  • Yardgirl

    Happy Birthday sis!!!??????

  • JV

    Apparently they drove into the ocean & drowned, but I'm skeptical. I've read about incidents there where robbers will throw rocks at moving vehicles, trying to get them to crash so they can be robbed.

  • LeeSeeCee

    That's why I said petty, lol.. Just petty stuff.

  • Ebony Starr

    Happy Birthday!

  • Topic Influencer

    Happiest one!

  • JV

    I think it's either you or the Bucks out of the East. Philly is fantastic 1-5 but don't have depth and Boston's a mess. I'd like to say you have a chance against the dubs, but they've crushed my hopes and dreams 3 of the last 4 years and I'm jaded.

  • Topic Influencer

    I agree wit this or the Nuggets, Rockets. Its gonna be someone who has never had one or its been a long time since they had one

  • ThisIsWhat43LooksLike

    Awwww snap! Happy birthday ???????

  • Ebony Starr

    This!

  • JV

    If you're a Laker fan, this is for the best. Magic, great a player as he was, did not know what he was doing. Traded Russell, who became an allstar, traded Zubac for nothing, and brought in non-shooters when everyone knows you surround LBJ with shooters.

  • GrandHustleGirl1

    Happy Bday!!!!

  • JV

    He didn't know what he was doing anyway.

  • Topic Influencer

    Agree

  • Alextra Ballard

    Sang’n..*taps mic* happy burfday tew yew...happy burfday teeew yew,happy burffffday tew Cooooy,happy burrrfday tew yew.....
    *drops mic*

  • Carla

    Happy Birthday!!!!!! Thanks for being born!

  • Topic Influencer

    I agree to all of it. He aint have a damn clue. But to say he should suck it up and fire LUKE WALTON of all folks is like whaaaaa? You want him to fire Luke Wallllllton (in my Soulja Boy voice).

  • MJF

    Happy Birthday miss thang! Have a bottle tonight on me! :-)

  • Topic Influencer

    I just screamed at thanks for being born. My uncle tells us and his kids this too lmao.

  • MJF

    I know right, I need more answers, I have questions...

  • Alextra Ballard

    It’s all about bidness Magic,nothing personal

  • Coy little wink

    Lololol!

  • Vegas1989

    Happy BDay GIrlie. If you were coming my way we would celebrate....Have a great and blessed day....

  • Vegas1989

    They died? Aww man...I just thought that they were still missing...SMH...How sad....

  • Jordan’s Memory

    Sounds like he was miserable. He wants to do what he has a passion for and that's not it. Everybody not cut out to be backstabbers and making shady deals in Corporate America or whatever the NBA is considered. Business or not it will all come back on you. Like he said I'm rich bish I don't have to do this shitt here, its giving me a headache so I'm out! lol I wish I could do that to my job right now. But regular folk gots to find another one first before quitting. lol

  • Jordan’s Memory

    I read that they were missing now they are dead?

  • Jordan’s Memory

    Right because who the hell goes to the DR to die or drown in the Ocean?

  • Dowoop

    No we won't. Love them but I don't think we can take out Giannis.

  • Dowoop

    It started out so nice but that last sentence threw me.

  • We Can Do This

    Very cowardly.

  • DroneRivers

    Happy birthday!

  • Renee26

    Good for him... Making the decision based on his sanity and happiness!!

  • Renee26
  • Renee26

    Car accident

  • Renee26

    They had a 2am flight.... Imagine what the road conditions were and that they were unfamiliar with the area

  • Renee26

    ?

  • MsPam

    He has a black wife, so he gets points for that.

  • Jordan’s Memory

    What were the road conditions? I assume they were staying at a resort? They had their own car? Most get a shuttle of some sort.

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  • Zeta Aggie

    LeBron needs to pick a team and stick to playing.

    And dude this once again proves he’s sooo not better than MJ. Too selfish.

  • Zeta Aggie

    Yes I didn’t know what that meant until I was older but all money ain’t good money.

  • Zeta Aggie

    LeBron wants him gone. Not them.

  • Renee26

    So many questions

  • MoneyMillz

    Ok. Luke? As a coach or person?

  • Bashi22

    He needs spend more time with EJ. I notice Magic first son don't take any pictures with EJ or post him on his IG. Only on Magic IG with family vacations you will see EJ on one side and other son far behind.

  • Li-Wright

    Wow! Lebron has THAT much power???

  • Li-Wright

    It's all about the $$$. In order to get LJ you gotta sacrifice somebody.

  • currvalicious

    You got that right!

  • WhoKnew

    Someone commented that you don't see a lot of pics of MJ with EJ by themselves only family vacay pics.

    It's probably shame...remember MJ dabbled in the same sex as EJ only he closeted his taste and he wasn't flaring, flamboyant, twirling and doing high cheerleading kicks like EJ so he probably shamed of him.

  • WhoKnew

    Yes, LawdTY it is everyting! Thank you!

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    The truth is he doesn't know how to assemble a team. Glad he was man enough to step aside, but he should have at least told that woman to her face.

  • Coy little wink

    Chile...YES

  • Karen Brady

    I am LIVING for this line "he wasn't flaring, flamboyant, twirling and doing high cheerleading kicks like EJ".

  • rosey212516

    Wrong. Magic cleared salary cap space his first summer, thats how he was able to sign Lebron the second summer.

    This was the third summer where he was hoping to sign another star.
    The Lakers weren't going to be turned around in 1-2 seasons,they hadn't made the playoffs 3 years in a row before Magic took over.

    Funny white general managers like Danny Ainge of the Celtics have 1 championship in 16 years on the job, Darryl Morey of Houston has never been to the championship in like 12 years,they are considered two of the best.
    But when Magic gets the job he is expected to win immediately.

    Black people let alone white people have the white man's ice is colder mentality.
    How he quit was wrong but there may be a reason behind that.
    Fools on tv saying he should have given notice,do they give notice when they fire or trade you,no.

    One last thing there could be an article coming out from espn how Magic might have mistreated his Laker employees,we'll have to wait and see. Some are saying that article may have forced him out

  • rosey212516

    Lebron has power but this has nothing to do with Lebron. Some of y'all come up with some weird and untrue scenarios.
    No one knew Magic had this is mind

  • rosey212516

    First off Russell was a snitch,guys didn't want to play with him,he traded him and Mozgav to the Nets because Mozgav had a bad contract and he had to entice the Nets with Russell to take Mozgav..

    He received back the right to draft Kuzma and Brooke Lopez an expiring contrac,t in that trade.That money they got rid of helped them sign Lebron.

  • taurus_32

    While we’re on the Lakers, y’all see the Ball family is falling apart. Lonzo should’ve signed with Nike when he turned pro, then use their money to build his family empire.

  • iWasteTime

    Makes sense. Mr Time said that too

  • Jordan’s Memory

    The story sounds fishy, they said they found the woman on the side of the road on the way to the airport and she died in the hospital and then they found the car with the guy in it in the Ocean. How did she get separated from the car. But I don't think they are suggesting foul play. Just wondering what happened.

  • Strappyheels

    Gotta do what makes “YOU” happy!!

  • Nita Pie

    So he couldn't do the real work so he quit.

  • Renee26

    They're hospitals must suck. Here they would have checked the hospitals for Jane Doe's... These people were missing for 2 whole weeks. Their families could've had answers sooner

  • MNjumpoffacliff

    He's not the type to fire folks he's doing what makes him happy. He could've told the Buss Chile tho

  • MNjumpoffacliff

    Happy birthday

  • MNjumpoffacliff

    That's what I said up top everybody is not built for that and I was glad when they found someone else to be supervisor at my job because of this.

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    I see that you're very passionate about this. I'm sticking to what I said. I hope the Lakers are able to rebound next year.

  • ???TheRider???

    I think Lonzo will have jobs for his brothers since they have no chance of being in the nba. He’ll take care of them, separate from their dad and be somewhat of a success.

  • Kimberly King

    He should have told her face to face. Why does she have to hear it through the media?! That’s a p*ssy move. Especially after all of the history between him and the Lakers. Magic couldn’t handle the job. I guess he thought his smile and charm would work it’s Magic (no pun intended). Howeverrrrrrrr as a former chronic job hopper- I don’t believe in staying in an environment where I’m not happy. Peace of mind TRUMPS money every f*ckin time.

  • teather

    Magic can do WTF he wants to do. He doesn't owe anybody sh*t. When they're ready to get rid of coaching staff and others, they do it, with no reservation. Magic is showing you all how to BE HAPPY. He said this job didn't allow him to be himself; isn't that what black ppl want, freedom? Now you all are saying he owes that lady an explanation??? Really?! I'm team Magic. He can do what he wants when he wants, he's Magic! Stop the drama over it.

  • Look@m3

    Hunty,....my hubby told me that he has to buy an entire airflight whenever he travels with his family out the country and they have to literally shut the airports down. This dude is loved, idolized, looked up at, mesmerized etc on another level in other countries......he a force that's for sure.!

  • teather

    Esp when you can AFFORD it. I'm OUT doing WTF I want to do with Magic's freedom. Ppl are still being respectful to Massa and sh*t. WTF is that??

  • teather

    I agree with EVERYTHING you said, except how he quit was wrong. The same white ppl that will fire yo a$$ the day after you were laughing and playing with them are the ones he let go of. His good reason was his own happiness. Why can't ppl understand or accept the reasoning behind what he said? He doesn't like the job, he quit. He owes nobody no explanation about who what and where. That lady can go f*ck herself. I give zero sh*ts about her and neither does he. So her "feelings" matter in the case of business? This is business, not a romantic break-up. The WH guy fires ppl in a tweet, what's the difference? Acceptable for them but not us? Sounds like colder ice again in this situation.
    (I'm not directing anything to you personally, just commenting on your comment). I agree with what you said up to that point! Be well! :)

  • teather

    We're passionate about everything upon which we comment. It just means we care. That's all. Nothing to run from. You are both just stating your opinions and feelings, all good!

  • rosey212516

    Luke Walton sucks,he should be fired.

  • Look@m3

    OK because I did a lateral move just to get my peace. People would ask if my new job was a promotion...yup, a mental promotion and I'm excited about it!
    Returned from maternity leave to a new job just like this...
    https://media2.giphy.com/media/XIse2rqf1RlToHmpCu/giphy.gif

  • Ghost

    ?? alright now....

  • justlooking

    They wouldnt have had a problem firing him. But you gotta pay to play.

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  • Rhyme and Reason

    Well’ I’ve never...

    Seen such a public display of honesty that was so unflattering and so real!

    Where Magic lacked the courage to meet in private or even send a letter, to quit his job, and didn’t hide his emotions, love it or hate it, Magic did it his way!

    It’s nice to be in a place where you can do this, take the backlash, harsh public opinion and continue on with your fabulous life, your wife, kids, and true friends!

    “Sometimes you simply can’t take another day, and don’t want to be in the midst of the grime and backstabbing!”

  • TheOwley

    You all know who is behind this. Ask Miami and Cleveland town people.

  • MoneyMillz

    Hey that's AKA talk, lol.

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  • lovelygamour

    that was my thinking. he said everything he could say to make himself the good guy. he threw everyone else under the buss in a way.

  • lovelygamour

    dirk had a great run. it was fun watching him.

  • lovelygamour

    yeah, the players was complaining publicly about russell! lol. maybe someone couldve mentored him.

  • lovelygamour

    it has always seemed like cookie separated ej out. like that was her favorite and she spoiled him. probably cause he wore glasses and had health problems.

  • lovelygamour

    im not an mj fan but lebron only great if all the elements are right. thats not life. he wants to control everything. if he was really great he would work with what they have.

  • lovelygamour

    i assumed he was going to be fired so he beat them to it or they gave him an option to quit and he said that he would say jeanie didnt know.

    I wonder did labron get rid or him. did labron want the coach gone. I guess it will leak out eventually.

    also, I feel magic threw everyone under the buss. he brought attention to people wanted walton fired.

  • Bashi22

    That her only biological child the first son is for Magic from a previous relationship. The daughter is adopted

  • samuel severino

    This is backwards. HE WANTED to fire Luke Walton but Jeannie did not want Luke dismissed so soon after only 2/3 years.…

  • samuel severino

    Yep. He did the same thing over there.

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  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!!!!!!!!!!
    I will fix that .

  • Shawty

    Ummm Magic...that's part of the job. I'm sure anyone that has to fire folks don't like doing up. Put your big boy boxers on and handle your business.

  • JV

    He could have signed LBJ even with Mozgov's contract. PG too? No, but it doesn't matter because he stay with OKC anyway. And a Kuzma is a nice piece, but he didn't play well off-ball with Bron and so doesn't fit their timeline great.. In a vacuum, pretty sure they'd love a backcourt of Ball/Russell to go with Bron rather than Kuzma.

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