Magic Johnson is strongly refuting an ESPN report that he bullied Lakers staffers during his time as an exec with the organization saying, “it never happened.”
Just hours after ESPN published the bombshell report, Magic appeared on SportsCenter to address it, explaining that if the allegations were true, he would’ve been called into Jeanie Buss’ office to deal with the incidents.
“Do you think Jeanie Buss would allow me to abuse the employees?” Magic said. “If that was the case, she would’ve called me in.”
Instead, Johnson says he was never informed about such issues and believes the allegations in the report are not based in reality.
“I’m a person who brings everybody together, uplifting employees. I never abused an employee and I never will. That’s not what I’m about.”
As we previously reported, the ESPN article cites multiple unnamed Lakers staffers who claim Magic would berate employees and essentially created a hostile work environment
After the report was published, Dodgers star Justin Turner said he never had any such experience working for Magic, who is a co-owner of the MLB team.