ESPN colleagues blast Dan Le Batard over Magic Johnson hot take
Dan Le Batard’s comments criticizing the Lakers’ decision to name Magic Johnson team president have drawn sharp criticism, mostly from his colleagues at ESPN.
The former Miami Herald columnist who is seen and heard weekdays Cheap Jerseys 90 on ESPN radio and TV essentially said Johnson didn’t deserve a shot at running his former team because of past entertainment failures.
“What you’ve got here, though, is a testament to the power of fame. And a testament to the power of a modicum of charm,” Le Batard said Thursday (via the New Yok Post). “Because Magic Johnson is charming. But Magic Johnson was given a late-night television show because he’s famous and charming. Failed in 11 shows. 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. But he wasn’t good at any of those jobs I just mentioned, and he got all of those jobs, bypassing Cheap Germany Soccer Jerseys a whole lot of people who are more qualified, because he’s famous Cheap Jerseys And Hats From China and charming.”
PTI’s Michael Wilbon and Keyshawn Johnson both slammed Le Batard’s Cheap Hats And Jerseys logic. Speaking on ESPN Radio in L.A., Keyshawn Johnson said Le Batard’s view has racist overtures.
“I’m going to read between the lines, I’m going to read between the lines on this one,” Keyshawn Johnson said via the Post. “To me, he saying because he’s a black dude, that’s the way I look at it …”
By any measure, Johnson’s success in business rivals his playing career.
According to Forbes, Johnson’s business empire includes partnerships with Starbucks, Burger King, 24 Hour Fitness and many more. Forbes estimates Johnson’s annual earnings at $18 million.