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Magic Johnson has basically become the elder statesman of the sports world. He’s been through a lot in his life, but has been highly successful through it all. Not only is he one of the best basketball players of his generation, but he’s also become a very successful businessman and even a sports personality.

So yeah, when Johnson talks, it’s a decent idea to listen — especially if he’s giving you advice.

Dallas Cowboys’ running back Ezekiel Elliott has his own star power in the NFL, but he has had some major off field issues to contend with since entering the league, and that’s landed him right on Johnson’s radar.

Recently speaking on ESPN’s First Take, the former NBA star took a strong stance on Elliott. He was far from accusatory towards the Cowboys’ running back, but he did make it clear that he believes Elliott is walking the wrong path.

Here’s what he said:

“Brother, you’ve got to get your life together, man. You can have fun but there’s a line that you come up to and then you can’t cross that line. I’m cheering for him but he has got to change his mindset on ‘Hey I’m this big star and I can do whatever I want’ because it’s not like that.”

That’s a strong quote from one of the top athletes of our time, and one has to wonder if the fact that it’s coming from a guy like Johnson would impact Elliott.

Of course, he probably thinks he has his life together just fine. He’s one of the top running backs in the game and if he continues to play the way he has been, he’s going to be in line to make a lot of money while his star power simultaneously continues to grow.

As we’ve seen, though, what he does off the field can impact what happens on it, so perhaps Elliott would be wise to heed some words of wisdom from the wise. In this instance, Johnson certainly qualifies as someone worth listening to.

Andrew has been a sports writer since 2010, featured on Bleacher Report, 247Sports, Fansided and elsewhere. His work has also been seen on MSN, Forbes and in the LA Times. Andrew coached high school football for five years and writes about football, and just about anything, for Fanbuzz.
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