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Magic Johnson asked Jeanie Buss to take the tampering fine out of his salary

Magic Johnson asked Jeanie Buss to take the tampering fine out of his salary

Since the Lakers were hit with a $500,000 fine for tampering with Paul George, president of basketball operations Magic Johnson says he has given the matter little thought except for one thing: He doesn’t want his close friend and boss, Jeanie Buss, to bear the burden of the fine.

“We can’t say a lot but we will correct the situation,” Johnson said Monday. “It’s under my watch. I apologize to Jeanie, and that was the main thing. I told her she could take it out of my salary because I don’t want the Lakers to be paying that fine. … I don’t want her spending $500,000, because she didn’t do anything. That’s on me.”

The NBA hired an independent firm to investigate tampering...

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