Report: Magic Johnson Leaving ESPN Because Of Bill Simmons

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Magic Johnson. (credit: Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for Centric)

Magic Johnson. (credit: Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for Centric)

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(CBS) Three weeks before the start of the NBA season, Magic Johnson abruptly announced he will be leaving ESPN’s NBA Countdown.

But why the sudden change of heart?

Deadspin cites ESPN sources who claim Johnson is less-than-thrilled with Bill Simmons’ role in the show expanding, while Michael Wilbon’s role decreases.

Deadspin’s sources report Johnson was “privately seething over the Wilbon thing and in general did not like that Simmons held all the power and influence.”

“The bottom line is they turned that show over to Simmons,” said Deadspin’s source. “That’s why Doug Collins got hired and why Wilbon was out.”




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