Lakers News: Magic Johnson, Kyle Kuzma Commend Jeanie Buss For Sharing Hateful Letter & Call To End Racism
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Despite all that went on during the 2018-19 NBA season, former president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and Los Angeles Lakers controlling owner Jeanie Buss have maintained a familial relationship.

Johnson has outwardly supported Buss throughout the entire 2019-20 season, and has been one of the Lakers’ most vocal fans on social media. Buss made headlines when she posted a racist and sexist letter sent to her by a Lakers fan.

The letter contained several racial slurs and was extremely crude and hateful, but Buss felt a responsibility to post it to show just how prevalent these issues remain today.

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After much thought, I decided to share this letter I received on Monday so that everyone can see the hate is real and living out there. This is happening in our world TODAY. Its real and it exists. To Joe: Did sending this letter make you feel better?  Really all you did was waste your time, and energy and your postage stamp. (But thank you for including your return home address) Why don’t you look in the mirror and see your ugliness because I refuse to. I have received letters like this over the years. The advice I always got? “Ignore it.” I did. But not anymore. On this day, Juneteenth, I ask my white friends to join together, acknowledge the racism that exists in our country and around the world, and pledge to stop ignoring it. We all must do better. #juneteenth #hatewontwin *******UPDATE*********** Monday, June 22, 2020 I TURNED OVER THE LETTER AND ENVELOPE TO THE AUTHORITIES. JOE LIVES IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. HE WILL BE DEALT WITH AND HOPEFULLY WILL LEARN FROM THIS EXPERIENCE. HATE WILL NOT WIN.

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After posting it, the NBA world rushed to Buss’ support, thanking her for outing such horrible actions. It was especially impactful due to it being posted publicly by Buss on Juneteenth.

Johnson took to Twitter to voice his support for Buss, thanking her and her father Jerry Buss for always standing up to hate and providing opportunities for people of color.

Kyle Kuzma also shared his appreciation for Buss’ act, and LeBron James thanked her with a post to his Instagram story.

Buss has shown her commitment to that this past week, as racial injustice issues have become more prevalent than ever. The Lakers hired Dr. Karida Brown as the team’s first ever Director of Racial Equity and Action to help assist the organization in matter of social justice.

The team also sent iPads to four different minority organizations in L.A. to help bridge the technological divide that currently exists in poorer communities. These two things are proof of Buss’ commitment to action instead of simply releasing a blanket statement condemning racism.

In her few years as controlling owner, Buss has proven to be a top notch executive, both in her on the court ideas and her off the court actions.

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