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Magic Johnson Talks About His Gay Son for First Time in Powerful, Lengthy Interview: VIDEO


Magic Johnson sat down with TMZ's Harvey Levin for a lengthy interview about his gay son EJ, who came out publicly earlier this week, and the importance of expressing to him that he supports and loves him no matter what. Johnson said he wanted to prepare him for what to expect when he came out and protect him as he did so.


Earvin_johnsonJohnson also talks about the hate EJ received on various blogs after coming out and homophobia in the Black community.

Said Johnson: "I think this is gonna be good for a lot of young Black people who want to come out. EJ is really gonna help a lot of young people."

Johnson also talks about what would happen if a gay player came out on the L.A. Dodgers.

"I would protect him. That's what I am. I'm a protector. I protect my family. That's why I was really upset about people attacking my son...First of all, as an owner you really got to support the person, and then help educate the public. We stand with this player. We're going to support this player."


Magic Johnson on talking to EJ about being gay for the first time:

On the hateful reactions to EJ on African-American blogs and how Magic feels about it:

On athletes coming out of the closet:

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  1. I have always liked The Magic. I freakin love him now. What a wonderful human being.

    Posted by: andrew | Apr 4, 2013 7:49:00 AM

  2. That's clearly another reason why he is called Magic. I really think Men like him can do waaaay more than they realize.

    Posted by: paul | Apr 4, 2013 8:16:16 AM

  3. Compare the way Magic regards his gay son with the way Isiah treated his. Night and day. It's a question of character.

    Posted by: Dad | Apr 4, 2013 8:17:11 AM

  4. "I would protect him." Thank you, Magic.

    Posted by: lany | Apr 4, 2013 8:52:19 AM

  5. I would like to add my support to Magic supporting his son and others.

    Posted by: kodiak | Apr 4, 2013 8:58:25 AM

  6. Yet more proof that HIV does not cause AIDS. EJ was born in 1992, a full year after his father Magic was diagnosed with HIV. How come EJ doesn't have AIDS?

    Posted by: Adam | Apr 4, 2013 9:03:52 AM

  7. Wow, this is my first sighting of an "HIV doesn't cause AIDS" troll here.

    Posted by: Dan E | Apr 4, 2013 9:09:58 AM

  8. @Adam: Your facts are so off you might as well be a Fundagelical. Magic's wife was about 3 months pregnant with EJ when Magic was diagnosed, and there was concern for the health of both mother and child. But neither mother nor child were infected, and for EJ to've been infected his mother would've had to have been. That's why EJ isn't HIV+.

    Posted by: Fuentes Oficiales | Apr 4, 2013 9:12:41 AM

  9. Magic would have been HIV positive for at least 3 months prior to diagnosis, well within the period of conception. Besides, Magic looks awfully healthy considering he's been positive for nearly 22 years.

    Face it - HIV does not cause AIDS despite the best efforts of the HIV enthusiasts amongst you.

    Posted by: Adam | Apr 4, 2013 9:26:24 AM

  10. Towleroad sure does attract the craziest people in its comment section.

    @Adam. you brain dead f*cking moron. HIV can only be passed from the mother to the child during pregnancy. It's literally impossible for Magic to have passed HIV to his son at conception.

    Posted by: Not that Rob | Apr 4, 2013 9:41:46 AM

  11. @Adam: Not every sexual exchange involving an HIV+ partner results in viral transmission.

    You sound as ignorant about HIV as bible thumpers talking about sex.

    Posted by: Segun Fuentes | Apr 4, 2013 9:47:27 AM

  12. RE Magic's 20+ years of poz status, I really hope he is participating in studies and investigation on how he has managed to have, apparently, zero effects. I mean, whatever he's doing is apparently very successful.

    Posted by: Spartan | Apr 4, 2013 10:32:38 AM

  13. Dear sweet, ignorant Adam, I've been positive for nearly 22 years and look awfully healthy as well, WTF is your point-besides your unproven and scientifically ignorant assertion. Do yourself a favor and take a course in biology, or better yet talk to some people that actually have HIV and educate your dangerous self.

    Sorry about feeding the troll guys.

    Posted by: Mark | Apr 4, 2013 10:33:11 AM

  14. Lovely, Lovely, Lovely. This is what a father is supposed to be. A man who loves his son for exactly who he is. And an ultra-famous pro-athlete at that, who clearly has given his son so much love that the kid feels no need to couch his being gay with any affectations in order to be palatable for bigots. This is what happens when you're allowed to be just who you bloody well are. Well met! Magic, indeed.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 4, 2013 10:43:44 AM

  15. What.An.Awesome.Dad.And.Human.Being.

    This is what it means to be a parent. This is what it means to be accepting, embracing and protective of your kids that come out. Magic is awesome. And he realizes his comments are going to help a lot of people feel comfortable in their own skin. He's great.

    Posted by: Francis | Apr 4, 2013 11:02:48 AM

  16. Adam, honey, in children, HIV is transmitted via the mother. I am not sure if Magic Johnson has had full-blown AIDs but Magic Johnson has always been HIV+. Please don't be so ignorant about HIV, Adam. And, just a suggestion, but stay off that Rense website. Trolls like you really feed into conspiracy theories.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Apr 4, 2013 11:17:30 AM

  17. Why does EJ appear to think that being gay means waddling around half in drag ?

    Posted by: Hagatha | Apr 4, 2013 11:54:44 AM

  18. Bravo, Magic!

    Posted by: rhea | Apr 4, 2013 11:59:10 AM

  19. David Hearne, aka Hagatha Troll, where do you get that? EJ is being himself, you're allowed to be different. It seems, through your comment, that you're upset that EJ is accepted for being just who he is, and you're not accepted even though you think you're different. That's not EJ's fault. Too bad your parents weren't more like EJ's.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 4, 2013 12:02:24 PM

  20. Here's wishing every gay kid in America gets a parent as loving and communicative as Magic Johnson. He is a spectacular human being.
    I hope he knows what an inspiration he can be to parents the world over.
    (and can we avoid troll feeding here, and stick to the headline - Magic Johnson has given everybody a template for how to handle your kid's sexuality - whatever it may be).

    Posted by: dw | Apr 4, 2013 12:20:55 PM

  21. amen, dw.

    love your kid, want them to be happy, and do whatever you can to make that happiness possible. end of story.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 4, 2013 12:23:57 PM

  22. Adam: You are unforgivably ignorant, and dangerously so about HIV/AIDS. I volunteered for AIDS Project LA for years and continue to contribute to Black Women's Health Study. Black women are a high risk demographic for HIV, and unfortunately too many of them are as uninformed as you are, and that is precisely why the high infection rate.
    HIV IS the virus that causes AIDS. Because everyone that has died of AIDS, had HIV. Those with HIV can die of the complications of other infections, because the most dangerous problem of HIV itself, is how much it suppresses the immune system. How fast it destroys the body's ability to fight otherwise defensible or curable disease.
    So, whether a person dies from AIDS or not, who has HIV. The issue is they can infect another person, and they can die from a lot else OTHER than AIDS.
    So arguing whether or not HIV causes AIDS, makes you the ridiculous idiot you'd have to be to not know how beside the point that is!

    Posted by: Regan DuCasse | Apr 4, 2013 12:31:42 PM

  23. Magic is so HOT !

    Posted by: Mike | Apr 4, 2013 12:49:01 PM

  24. Majic and Cookie Johnson for parents of the millenium. There really should be an award for such utter fabulousness.

    Posted by: Jersey | Apr 4, 2013 1:12:04 PM

  25. Oh great, another effeminate queen to join Little Frankenfag and his band of sissy girls.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Apr 4, 2013 3:08:54 PM

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