"An irate Johnson also told radio listeners O'Neal was being protected by the league, saying: 'It's been around forever — certain players get royal treatment, certain players don't.'
Johnson opened his show with a Cuban-like rant against the way the league has handled cases like this, later saying there is 'no rebuttal, no trial and jury, just a judge.'
'I've been holding my tongue all year about the foolishness, just the foolishness that goes on there,' said Johnson, who was voted the NBA coach of the year in his first full season.
'They're so inconsistent. I'm just embarrassed to have to deal with some of the things I have to deal with. ... We are in a position where we have no authority and we're always reminded of that — we're just coaches.'"
Exactly. Sounds familiar, eh?