Keyshawn Johnson says fellow ESPN employee Dan Le Batard is critical of Magic Johnson because he’s black
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Friday, February 24, 2017, 9:25 AM
When Dan Le Batard says Magic Johnson only gets opportunities because he’s famous and charming, fellow ESPN personality Keyshawn Johnson hears racial undertones.
The radio host was critical of the Lakers promoting Johnson to president of basketball operations, calling his promotion just a testament to the power of fame and not one based on success off the court.
Magic Johnson was given a late night television show, because he’s famous and charming. Failed in 11 shows, he said on The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz. Magic Johnson was given a head coaching job of the Lakers, because he’s famous and charming, failed in 16 games. Magic Johnson, not interesting as a broadcaster, given broadcasting opportunity after broadcasting opportunity, because he’s famous and charming. And now, he gets to run the entire Lakers organization because he’s famous and charming. That’s amazing. That’s amazing. He’s a very kind man, to be in his presence is to be awash in all the things people like about celebrity, he will make you feel special, but he wasn’t good at any of those jobs I just mentioned, and he got all of those jobs, bypassing a whole lot of people who are more qualified, because he’s famous and charming.
Magic Johnson doesn’t deserve to be Lakers president of basketball operations, according to Dan Le Batard.
On Thursday morning, retired wide receiver-turned NFL analyst Johnson insinuated on the ESPNLA morning radio show that Le Batard was critical of Magic because he’s black. Johnson then got into a back-and-forth on air with Jorge Sedano.
“I’m going to read between the lines. I’m going to read between the lines on this one … To me, he saying because he’s a black dude, that’s the way I look at it, Johnson said.
No, I know Dan. That’s not true, Sedano countered.
Johnson said he didn’t know Le Batard but that’s the way he saw it.
If you are insinuating that Dan is being prejudiced here. Sedano continued.
That’s what I’m insinuating, Johnson said.
Former Laker Mychal Thompson also called in to agree with Johnson.
“How dare he question Magic’s credentials and qualifications, when this man is a basketball genius,” Thompson said. “What does he want, he calls him popular and charming, what does he want, to step and fetch it, does that what he thinks he is, shuffling around and not being successful at everything he accomplishes in life. That ticked me off when I heard that, I’m with you Key, that was some kind of veiled racist comment there.”
Johnson isn’t the only ESPN employee to speak out against Le Batard’s comments. Michael Wilbon, co-host of Pardon the Interruption, sent out a series of tweets Thursday, directed at the radio host.
So LeBatard bases Magic s worthiness on a failed talk show and failed coaching career but not the 25 years since of success in business?
So LeBatard bases Magic’s worthiness on a failed talk show and failed coaching career but not the 25 years since of success in business? Wilbon shared with his 3.42 million followers. A failed talk show indicates more about Magic as a boss of basketball than building and running numerous successful businesses?
Did the electricity go out in LeBatard’s studio the last two decades to the point he can’t even acknowledge the vast successes? If you’re going to publicly weigh the pros and cons of what a man has done then weigh both, not just the part that supports your argument.
Magic, who hasn’t spoken out about Le Batard’s remarks, was named the Lakers president of basketball operations Tuesday as the team dumped GM Mitch Kupchak and are reportedly in the process of hiring Rob Pelinka. It was a series of movies Lakers governor Jeanie Buss said she believes will return the Lakers to the heights Dr. Jerry Buss demanded and our fans rightly expect.