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ESPN's Getting Crushed For What Happened With Magic Johnson Yesterday

magic johnson speaks to reporters about his decision

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Magic Johnson reacts as he speaks to the press resigning as Los Angeles Lakers President of Basketball Operations before the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center on April 09, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

ESPN is facing some major criticism for what happened on its airwaves with Magic Johnson on Tuesday.

Tuesday morning, ESPN dropped a bombshell report about Johnson's tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers, making it seem like, well, a pretty big disaster.

"These sources, who feared reprisal and weren’t authorized to speak publicly, describe Pelinka and Johnson as managers who made unilateral free-agent acquisitions; triggered a spate of tampering investigations and fines; berated staffers, including Walton; and created an in-house culture that many current and former longtime staffers said marginalized their colleagues, inspired fear and led to feelings of anxiety severe enough that at least two staffers suffered panic attacks," ESPN reports.

Later that night, ESPN had Magic Johnson on its NBA Finals preview show. He addressed the report:

ESPN is now facing some major criticism for how it handled everything. Many believe ESPN was far too lenient with Johnson once he appeared on the air on Tuesday night.

ESPN's Stephen A. Smith also spent some time criticizing the story.

This likely won't be the last time we hear from Magic Johnson on ESPN, either. He'll probably appear on First Take or something later this summer during free agency.