Perhaps there was more to Magic Johnson’s stunning decision to step down as president of the Los Angeles Lakers the night of the team’s season finale than “Magic wanting to be Magic.”
According to Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report and Fox Sports 1, Johnson was somehow privy to emails between Lakers owner Jeanie Buss and general manager Rob Pelinka that were critical of Johnson.
Appearing on Colin Cowherd’s show on Wednesday, Bucher outlined the background of the story.
“My understanding is that there were some emails that were exchanged between Rob and Jeanie…about Magic and about what Magic was and wasn’t doing,” Bucher said. “They were critical emails. And somehow, someway, Jeanie, from what I understand, was CC’ing or blind CC’ing Magic on everything. That was sort of protocol. Standard issue.”
Bucher dove deeper into the story.
“Somehow, the exchange between Rob and Jeanie ended up on that string of the blind CC’s that were going to Magic,” he told Cowherd. “So, Magic now is seeing emails from Rob to Jeanie that were critical of what he was doing and maybe most important in all this is that there was no indication that Jeanie was backing Rob up in terms of either going to Magic and letting him know this was going on or going back at Rob and defending Magic.
“That was not happening and so when he talked about the backstabbing, to me, my understanding that’s what started it. The fact that Jeanie waved goodbye and said, ‘Thank you for all that you did’ was that she didn’t necessarily disagree with what Rob was saying.”