Magic Johnson Allegedly Bullied Lakers Staff While He Was President

Johnson abruptly left the Lakers at the end of the season.

BYAlexander Cole
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Magic Johnson's relationship with the Los Angeles Lakers has been a rocky one over the last few months. Back in April, Johnson revealed that he was quitting his post as president of basketball operations despite not telling anyone in the franchise that he was doing so. Just last week, Magic went on ESPN's First Take where he explained how general manager Rob Pelinka betrayed him with numerous backstabbing attempts. It was an embarrassing moment in Lakers history that has put the franchise under a microscope.

An article was recently published by Baxter Homes of ESPN who spoke about the dysfunction around the Lakers organization and all of the problems that surrounded Magic Johnson. According to some anonymous staff members on the team, Johnson was a bully who used fear tactics with people. It was described that Johnson "berated staffers, including (Luke) Walton and created an in-house culture that many current and former longtime staffers said marginalized their colleagues, inspired fear and led to feelings of anxiety severe enough that at least two staffers suffered panic attacks."

In another instance, one staff member explained that Johnson did not take being questioned very well and "his response was always a threatening tone. He used intimidation and bullying as a way of showing authority."

While there is no telling if these allegations are true, one thing is for certain and that's just how much of a mess the Lakers are right now.


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Alexander Cole is the current Managing Editor of HotNewHipHop. He started at HotNewHipHop back in 2018 where he began as a Sports and Sneakers writer. During this time, he has shown an expertise in Air Jordans, Yeezys, and all things that have to do with Nike. His favorite kicks are the Air Jordan 1 High OG, the Air Jordan 4, the Air Jordan 6, and the Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 in the "Beluga 2.0" colorway. Although his collection might not be the biggest, he is always looking to add new styles to it. When it comes to sports, Alex has a particular interest in the NBA and the NFL. His favorite teams are anywhere LeBron goes, and the Kansas City Chiefs. As a Montrealer, the Montreal Canadiens hold a special place in his heart, even if they haven't won the Stanley Cup in his lifetime. Alex also works for the Concordia Stingers, where he provides play-by-play and color commentary for the football, hockey, and basketball teams His favorite hip-hop artists are Kendrick Lamar, Playboi Carti, Travis Scott, and Lil Uzi Vert.