Magic Johnson Gets Emotional While Discussing New NFL Ownership Of The Washington Commanders As A ‘Proud Black Man’: Breaking These Barriers…Is Important To Me
Magic Johnson is opening up about his latest move in the NFL.
During a recent interview with the Today show, the NBA legend expressed that taking part ownership of the Washington Commanders as a black man is “a great opportunity.”
“Breaking these barriers and going through these doors is important to me. As a proud Black man… You got me choking up now.”
Magic Johnson tearfully continued,
“I don’t know why God blessed me with these opportunities, but I’m going to excel, not only for myself, but my family, but for all African Americans, making sure we can see [ourselves] in these seats. And I want people to know that we can do the job.”
All 32 NFL owners voted their approval on Thursday (July 20) to have the franchise sold to Johnson, billionaire Josh Harris and billionaire Mitch Rales. Harris also owns the majority of the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers and has a stake in the NHL’s New Jersey Devils. The group bought the team for a whopping $6 billion.
The news of the deal coincided with the NFL revealing that is has imposed a $60 million penalty on the Washington Commanders’ former owner, Dan Snyder, following the findings of an independent investigation into,
“allegations of misconduct and financial improprieties made by former employees of the Washington Commanders.”
Snyder has denied any wrongdoing.
Amid the good news, Magic Johnson took to Twitter on Thursday to share his excitement with his fans.
“God is so good…I still can’t believe it!. I am currently living in an answered prayer. Since beginning my journey as an athlete and now businessman and team owner, it’s all been a dream that has come full circle.”
“I’m especially thankful to Josh Harris who allowed me to be one of his partners with the Commanders. He is an amazing man, great friend, incredible businessman, proven owner and winner with the Philadelphia 76ers. Josh and his team have been first class throughout this entire process. Our ownership team is committed to the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia community and fanbase to bring a winning team and best in class organization.”
As for the Washington Commanders, it looks like a lot of changes will occur with the franchise including the possibility of a new name. When asked if a name change was on the agenda, the Hall of Famer said,
“I think everything is on the table, especially after this year. We’ll see where we are with the name, but I can’t say that right now.”
“We’re going to spend this year understanding what we have in place, and then I’m sure [talk of a new facility] will come up, the name of the team will come up eventually, but right now we’ve got enough work to do and that will keep us busy.”
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