Magic Backs Stern After Racial Suggestion

NEW YORK (AP) — Magic Johnson says it’s “ridiculous” to suggest that David Stern is racist, saying it’s OK to disagree with the NBA commissioner but that you “can’t attack the man and what he stands for.”

Johnson was responding to comments made by attorney Jeffrey Kessler, representing the NBA players’ association, who told the Washington Post that owners are treating players like “plantation workers” during the ongoing labor dispute.

That was similar to the comments Bryant Gumbel made last month on his HBO show, when he said Stern “always seemed eager to be viewed as some kind of modern plantation overseer treating NBA men as if they were his boys.”

But Johnson says Stern has always done right by players, saying the NBA “has more minorities in powerful positions than any other league.”

Source: Brian Mahoney – AP Basketball Writer