News: Magic no longer “Vice-President” of the Lakers

News: Magic no longer “Vice-President” of the Lakers

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Finally, the terrible tweets sent out by Magic got him in trouble. As first reported by Bill Oram of the Ocregister (@billoram)

Magic is no longer the Vice President of the Lakers.  Before you go crazy on that it was only a ceremonial position and wasn’t a true Vice-President position per say. Magic actually had to give up those rights in his acquisition of the dodgers:

http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/news/story?id=5700193

The main purpose of this move is so that the Lakers can’t get in trouble for his tweets like this one:

and this one:

With Magic holding the “Vice-President” postion whether it be ceremonial or not this is technically a tampering violation per the league rules:

Tampering is when a player or team directly or indirectly entices, induces or persuades anybody (player, general manager, etc.) who is under contract with another team in order to negotiate for their services. The NBA may impose suspensions and/or fines up to $50,000 if tampering is discovered, however the league’s practice has been to wait until a team lodges a complaint before investigating (but that’s not to say they don’t continue to monitor the league and won’t take action independently if they discover that tampering has occurred). Here are some examples:

As you can see, this could potentially be very bad if Cleveland or Oklahoma City complained about it. In the long run, this allows Magic to say or do whatever he pleases without any repercussions towards the team that he formerly owned and formerly played for.

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