Magic Johnson is hard at work as the Los Angeles Lakers' president of basketball operations, trying to turn the storied franchise around.
But the Hall of Famer may have to take some time out from doing that to speak on behalf of another NBA team's All-Star.
That's because Johnson has been subpoenaed to appear as a witness in a civil lawsuit against Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, according to the Detroit Free Press. Green was accused of assault, stemming from a July 2016 incident at a East Lansing, Michigan, restaurant, where Green allegedly struck Jermaine Edmondson in the face. Edmondson and his girlfriend, Bianca Williams, held an emotional press conference this past July when they formally announced their lawsuit.
Why is Johnson being asked to appear and give a deposition on October 4 at the Lakers' practice facility? Well, after the alleged incident first went public last summer, Magic tweeted about having a conversation with Green, saying that the Warriors' forward was very apologetic.
“This is a case in which there are few eyewitnesses other than the parties themselves," Edmondson's and Williams's attorney, Lisa Bloom, said in an email, as reported by The Detroit Free Press. "This means that it is especially important to find out what Mr. Green told others about what happened."
The newspaper additionally reported that a court document quoting Johnson's attorney indicates that the Lakers' president will comply with the subpoena.
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Aaron Burbridge has also been subpoenaed to testify as part of the case on October 17 due to communication between him and Green following the alleged assault.
Green was arrested for the alleged assault last July, but took a plea deal, which carried a $500 fine and an additional $60 in jail restitution.
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