Magic Johnson's Tampering Fine For Giannis Comments Is Absurd

Magic Johnson's Tampering Fine For Giannis Comments Is Absurd


Magic Johnson's Tampering Fine For Giannis Comments Is Absurd

Magic Johnson was fined $50,000 by the NBA for tampering on Tuesday. His crime? Praising Giannis Antetokounmpo and saying he would likely win a championship with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Here’s what Johnson said after ESPN asked him a question comparing his game to Antetokounmpo’s:

“Oh yeah. With his ball-handling skills and his passing ability. He plays above the rim I never could do that. But in his understanding of the game, his basketball IQ, his creativity of shots for his teammates. That’s where we [have the] same thing. Can bring it down, make a pass, make a play. I’m just happy he’s starting in the All-Star game because he deserves that. And he’s going to be like an MVP, a champion, this dude he’s going to put Milwaukee on the map. And I think he’s going to bring them a championship one day.”

Really? That’s it? That’s all he did? Said a player was good and would likely win a title for another franchise? How is that tampering?

The fact that Johnson was fined for that is absolutely absurd.

Look, I know Magic is an executive for the Los Angeles Lakers, but he’s also one of the NBA’s go-to on-camera interviews. The NBA loves having him give interviews and be one of the game’s “faces” and you can’t have it both ways. You can’t encourage a guy and put him on camera all the time, then get pissed when he even mention’s a player’s name.

I get it, executives aren’t supposed to make public comments about players, but maybe that rule should be amended a bit? All he did was praise a player. He didn’t contact an agent, didn’t say that player should come to LA and certainly didn’t discuss pursuing him.

How is it against the rules to complement a guy?!? This is simply ridiculous.

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