Basketball legend Magic Johnson and his wife faced intense criticism from fans for flaunting their matching Lakers rings after leaving the disharmony team.
Magic Johnson might have been one of the biggest names in the history of basketball, but his tenure as the team's president did not do so much to increase his popularity with Lakers fans.
Magic was the team's president from 2017 and resigned in 2019 after his commitment to the team was called into question.
Cookie Johnson & Earvin 'Magic' Johnson at a Mercedes-Benz diabetes benefit event in October 2014. | Photo: Getty Images
Magic's time as team president did not prove successful for the Lakers who missed the playoffs. Following his resignation, the Lakers seem to have found their rhythm again and clinched the championship.
Earlier this week, they gave out their championship rings and included Magic Johnson and his wife Cookie. Magic shared a picture to flaunt his and Cookie's matching championship ring. He wrote:
"Cookie and I are so blessed to receive our championship rings! Thank you to Laker owner @JeanieBuss, the Laker players, and especially @KingJames..."
Magic's tweet left some fans feeling irritated by his boldness after his poor contribution to the success the team is celebrating.
Some fans took to Twitter to vent their disappointment at Magic getting a Lakers Championship ring, which they felt he did nothing to deserve.
One irritated fan remarked that if any wife was to get a ring, it should be Vanessa Bryant, whose husband, Kobe, led the Lakers to their successful history.
Her decision not to leave him was a reason he stayed alive.
A fourth fan further questioned why the couple got a ring, while a fifth fan commented that Magic stepped away from his post and did not deserve a ring. Another fan wrote, "Wait why'd he get a ring when he quit?"
According to reports, Magic was not fully invested in the team's day to day running, and his absence has allowed the team to add some fresh talents to help the Lakers compete at the front of the championship.
LeBron James' arrival in 2018 is credited to have been the factor responsible for the Lakers' resurgence. The Lakers, according to reports, had not won more than 35 games in any of its previous five seasons before James' arrival.
Many felt that Magic getting a ring was an insult to James' contribution, and how Magic left his role without informing his superiors left fans with bitter memories.
Fans might not support Magic or Cookie getting a ring, but for the basketball star, Cookie deserves anything she gets. The couple celebrated their 29th anniversary in a touching style on social media.
Magic called Cookie a gift from God and said in a post that their bond had grown stronger after 42 years of knowing each other and 29 years of being married.
Magic has never been shy of his admiration and awe for his wife, whom he credits for helping him overcome the dark days of his life after he was diagnosed with HIV.
The couple has been waxing strong together and has gone on to celebrate their 60th birthday together. Despite all the challenges they have had to overcome, their love seems to be getting stronger.
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