Magic Johnson wants Lakers to take tampering fine out of his salary
Los Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson indicated on Monday he asked the team take a recently levied tampering fine out of his salary.
The NBA fined the Lakers $500,000 over the conclusion by an outside firm that the organization tampered with Paul George while he was still with the Indiana Pacers, mostly involving general manager Rob Pelinka’s purported contact with George’s agent.
As for the fine, Johnson said he asked Lakers controlling owner and president Jeanie Buss to allow him to solely bear the brunt of it, as it occurred under his watch.
“We can’t say a lot but we will correct the situation,” Johnson said, via The Los Angles Times. “It’s under my watch. I apologize to Jeanie, and that was the main thing. I told her she could take it out of my salary because I don’t want the Lakers to be paying that fine. … I don’t want her spending $500,000, because she didn’t do anything. That’s on me.”
The Lakers organization issued statements in the wake of the fine, including one from Pelinka, who apologized for how he played an integral role in the ultimate fine. An attorney for Buss also indicated in his own statement that the Lakers “will be hyper-vigilant going forward to make sure this is never an issue again.”
Johnson expects the same.
“We’re going to have meetings about it next week. … I’m gonna always care about the Laker brand, the Laker fans, so I apologize to them as well,” Johnson added Monday. “The main thing is we’re going to move forward. We got 95% everything’s going great. This is the one thing that went bad. … This is something we can correct. Adam [Silver, NBA commissioner] is a great friend of mine. I’m glad he was able to do his job. Now I’m gonna do my job.”