Back in 2019, Magic Johnson left his position within the Lakers organization during an infamous press conference late in the season that has spawned thousands of memes.
Johnson went on to accuse Lakers GM Rob Pelinka of backstabbing him during an appearance on ESPN’s First Take.
Magic Johnson identifies Rob Pelinka is the person who was backstabbing him. pic.twitter.com/3mul9lJuzi
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) May 20, 2019
Despite all that drama, Johnson was gifted a 2020 championship ring by Lakers owner Jeannie Buss this week.
Cookie and I are so blessed to receive our championship rings! Thank you to Laker owner @JeanieBuss, the Laker players and especially @KingJames because he told me he was going to bring a championship to Laker Nation. This is my 11th NBA Championship ring! pic.twitter.com/R5n7foBPuR
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) December 26, 2020
Fans weren’t happy Magic received a ring after quitting on the team in 2019.
Wait why'd he get a ring when he quit and was the reason the Lakers became a laughing stock??
— Rich (@chardzrd) December 26, 2020
Not only that but he quit publicly while not telling Jeanie then tried to sabotage Rob by labeling him as a snake. He literally tried to burn down the franchise while running out the door.
— 50 Shades of Rein (@feeltherein) December 26, 2020
Lol, he literally pooped on this franchise on local television on his way out. https://t.co/0cv6PE7F1J
— Adam Castro (@Amcastro16) December 26, 2020
Being rewarded for quitting your job and bashing Rob Pelinka after making some of the worst decisions as a GM is insane. https://t.co/NZ16OtPuEv
— De La Folks (@nahfooreally) December 26, 2020
Wait. Didn’t he quit? Someone fill me in, I’m confused lol https://t.co/9KLInyq5Ib
— Jobo 🐻🐼🐨 (@ohsodios) December 26, 2020
How is Magic gonna quit on the Lakers then still get a ring? https://t.co/7nFDdefQMY
— GOAT.Ron🐏 (@MrRMolina54) December 26, 2020