Magic Johnson Disputes NBA Lawyer Stating David Stern Is Like A 'Slave Owner'
Lawyer: NBA Owners Treat Players Like “Plantation Workers
Attorney Jeffrey Kessler who represents the NBA players' association, told the Washington Post that owners are treating players like “plantation workers” during the ongoing lockout.
Bryant Gumbel also made mention of Stern being similar to a plantation owner.
Well Magic Johnson, retired hall of fame NBA legend is coming to the defense of Stern saying he is not a racist and he was responsible for making sure minorities had and have high-ranking positions in the league.
“It was David Stern who took this league worldwide. And so those guys know it was because of David Stern and what he was able to do,” Johnson said.
The two sides are meeting again this week for a deal that is said to be 98 percent done. Since then Kessler has rescinded his comments making this statement.
“The comments that I made to The Washington Post Monday night took place quite late, at the end of a lengthy interview.
And looking back, I believe that the words I used were inappropriate, and I am going to communicate my apologies for that to the N.B.A. and to the commissioner, who I will call and indicate that I apologize for that choices of words.
The important thing for the parties is to get together and try to make a deal, and we have to put aside any other types of distractions.”