Magic Johnson, the five-time NBA champion and Hall of Famer, recently became a co-owner of the Washington Commanders after joining a group spearheaded by Josh Harris. Their investment, amounting to a whopping $6.05 billion, was meant to usher in a new era for the team.
However, recent events show that the NBA legend won't mince words when it comes to his team's lackluster performance. Shortly after an unsettling 40-20 defeat to the Chicago Bears, who were winless before this clash, Johnson took to social media to share his sentiments.
The loss was particularly bitter as the Bears had previously blown a 21-point lead against the Denver Broncos. Yet, against the Commanders, they seemed focused and played with a mission, contrasting sharply with the tepid performance of Johnson's team.
Magic Johnson Critiques Commanders
Magic Johnson, with a net worth of about $620 million accrued from astute investments, has previously made headlines for critiquing NBA players. He didn't spare the Commanders either, voicing his concerns as he stated, “Tonight, the Commanders lacked intensity and passion.
A dire first half saw us trailing 27-3. That deficit proved insurmountable." The game had its standout moments, especially from the Bears. Rookie sensation, Justin Fields, showcased his mettle by completing 15 out of 29 passes, clocking four touchdowns without a hint of an interception.
Wide receiver D.J. Moore was another key player, racking up an impressive 230 yards from eight receptions, averaging an eye-popping 28.8 yards per catch. On the other side, the Washington Commanders showed little promise. Joey Slye’s 51-yard field goal was their only saving grace in the first half, and their defense was constantly under siege.
The team's downward trajectory, culminating in three consecutive losses, was evident in their missed tackles and coverage failures. The stakes are now higher for the Washington Commanders as they gear up to face the 2-2 Atlanta Falcons on Sunday Night Football.
With the Falcons currently at the bottom of the NFL in passing yards, the Commanders have an opportunity to bounce back. But if their performance continues to underwhelm, we might witness Magic Johnson once again taking to social media, urging his team to strive for excellence.