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Nothing Entertaining in Magic's Crass Act of the Forearm Bash

June 18, 1988

OK, I can handle it when Magic Johnson gets away with an extra step here or a foul there and is generally protected because "he's Magic," but Tuesday's forearm bash (a la Oakland A's Mark McGwire) of Isiah Thomas was just a little too much.

What would have happened if one of those dirty players such as Bill Laimbeer or Rick Mahorn did something like this? I'll tell you: Instant brawl, technicals everywhere, possible ejections and certain front-page negative press coverage. Looks as if Magic's temper and ego show through just like anybody else's when he gets a good whippin'. Isn't it time he got the same treatment back as everybody else?

A.D. GASSER

Orange

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