Magic says tampering standard harsher for Lakers than others

Lakers president Magic Johnson attempted to negotiate a trade for Pelicans star Anthony Davis ahead of the deadline.

It appears Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson won’t be talking about opposing players anymore — even when asked.

Johnson and the Lakers have come under fire several times for perceived tampering, and Johnson indicated in an interview with Carolina Blitz that he is held to a different standard than other executives.

“You know I can’t answer any questions about no (opposing) players,” Johnson said when asked about Charlotte Hornets star Kemba Walker (video below). “Because every time I do it, I get fined. But if anybody else do it, they don’t get fined. So I’m going to stay away from that.”

Johnson and the Lakers were in hot pursuit of New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis ahead of the trade deadline.

They have also been investigated for tampering involving then-Indiana Pacers star Paul George (now with the Oklahoma City Thunder), and more recently, Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons.

The Lakers (28-29) currently sit in 10th place in the Western Conference, three games behind the Los Angeles Clippers for the eight and final playoff seed.

1 Comment on "Magic says tampering standard harsher for Lakers than others"

  1. maybe that’s because Lakers are so arrogant and obvious about it. and I still don’t understand why players can collude but owners can’t.

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