This isn’t the first time a sports league has investigated
Johnson is in his first year as the Lakers' president of basketball operations. George, who is eligible for free agency next year, has since been traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
In 2013, his first full year as co-owner of the
"I can't talk about the other guy, the guy in New York. He's going to get paid — not by us, but he's going to get paid," Johnson said then. "When you're a superstar, you get paid. We understand that."
Even though he said the Dodgers were not interested in Cano,
The league and the players union were concerned about how the public declaration that a big-spending team was not interested in Cano might depress his market.
Cano signed for $240 million with the
The league took no disciplinary action against the Dodgers, in part because Johnson was a rookie owner and not a day-to-day executive. Johnson was asked to be mindful of the effects his public comments could have.
Appearing on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" in April, Johnson was asked by the host what he would do if he saw George while on vacation.
"We can say hi because we know each other," Johnson replied. "I just can't say, 'Hey, we want you to come to the Lakers,' even though I'm gonna be wink-winking. You know what that means, right?"