Last month, Magic Johnson abruptly announced his resignation of President Of Basketball Operations claiming that he was “tired of the backstabbing” going on within the organization.
According to Ric Bucher, Lakers owner Jeanie Buss mistakenly CC’ed Magic in email exchanges she had with Rob Pelinka that were critical of Magic’s job performance.
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,”
“Somehow, someway, Jeanie, from what I understand, was CC’ing or blind CC’ing Magic on everything. That was sort of protocol. Standard issue,” . “Somehow, the exchange between Rob and Jeanie ended up on that string of the blind CC’s that were going to Magic. So, Magic now is seeing emails from Rob to Jeanie that were critical of what he was doing… so when he talked about the backstabbing, to me, my understanding that’s what started it.”
Despite Bucher’s report, Magic Johnson told TMZ Sports just last week that he was still in close contact with Jeanie Buss and the Lakers.
Everybody knows I love the Lakers. I’m gonna always help them like right now, I’m going to still help them. I love my team, I love my franchise, and I love my city. So you have to do things sometimes on your own terms. No matter what other people think and I’m that guy but I’m still helping them. It’s almost like I never left. I’m still talking to them every day…I’m going to help the Lakers get back right you can believe that.
Update: Magic appeared to confirm Bucher’s story with this tweet.