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Former coach Stan Van Gundy blasts Orlando Magic for layoffs of full-time employees

Mar 31, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy during first half against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

On Friday, the Orlando Magic announced significant layoffs due to the coronavirus pandemic that left many people looking for work. Former Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy responded to that news with some pointed criticism on Twitter Saturday.

Details on Orlando Magic layoffs

According to The Athletic, the Magic laid off 31 full-time employees, representing about 10% of the franchise’s full-time staff. Additionally, the team eliminated 16 open positions.

“Our business, as well as many others like us, are significantly impacted due to COVID-19,” Magic CEO Alex Martins said in a prepared statement. “We have had to make some very difficult business decisions in these unprecedented times. Due to this reality we have had to make the very hard decision to evaluate our overall structure, reorganize and reduce our headcount.”

Before laying off the 31 people Friday, the Magic employed roughly 300 full-time employees, per the report.

Stan Van Gundy rips the Magic over layoffs

On Saturday, responding to a tweet from John Denton, who was one of the people laid off by the Magic, Van Gundy blasted the organization.

In a tweet laced with sarcasm, he wrote, “These layoffs just couldn’t be avoided. The DeVos family that owns the Magic only has a net worth of about $5 BILLION. They just couldn’t afford to continue to pay all of their employees.”

Orlando Magic chairman Dan DeVos’ family has a net worth of $5.4 billion

As noted by Van Gundy, the DeVos family, which also includes United States Secretary of Education Betsy Devos, is extremely wealthy. According to Forbes, the Devos family had a net worth of $5.4 billion as of March, 2018.