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Magic Johnson Tells All

Gay Son, Black Hatred

& Closeted Athletes Coming Out

4/4/2013 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Magic Johnson has never talked about it before ... but he wanted to open up about his gay son and the implications that Earvin Johnson III's coming out will have in the black community, in the sports community and in their lives.

TMZ sat down with the NBA legend for an unbelievably candid interview -- we've divided the video into three parts:

1) How Magic went to his son around the age of 13 and asked, "Are you gay?" Magic explains why he felt the need to approach his kid and the importance of letting EJ know his whole family loved and supported him.

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2) Magic tells us how he feels about some of the hateful reactions to EJ's coming out on African-American blogs and whether he's bitter, given his unparalleled support of the black community.

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3) Magic talks about how his son's coming out could inspire professional athletes to follow suit.  Harvey also asks Magic how, as the owner of the L.A. Dodgers, he would react to a player coming out.

You gotta watch Magic -- he's awesome and inspiring.

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151.

She G    

I'm just confused at how he did not know his son is a ***, It's obvious he carriers a freakin purse... REALLY!?! Magic you got to be joking...

513 days ago
152.

rusk    

poor example of a father. Yes M needs to show love for his son... then send him to quality therapy to quell his choice to be ONLY infatuated with the same sex. Many X-gays can attribute their new heterosexual life to good therapy.

512 days ago
153.

mochalove    

I all ready new his son was gay

512 days ago
154.

Carmen    

Harvey stop trying to bash the black community and churches. You know as a Jew your community do not accept gays either. The Orthodox Jews follow the Torah and it's not accepted in your culture either Harvey Levin!

512 days ago
155.

say_what    

Magic Johnson is sooooo two faced, first he takes money from whites and then he calls them racists and hate filled... that is like the guy who accuses his wife of cheating on him , when in fact it is he cheating on her..... Magic has a history of treating thousands of women like toilets, now people are actually thinking this man has any type of decent morals

512 days ago
156.

RuthieB    

His son is acting like a ridiculous stereotype. Disgusting.

512 days ago
157.

Mulholland Drive    

that's sad - was that the son she was carrying when he announced he had the monster? wasn't she preggers at the time?

512 days ago
158.

angie    

one thing i can say if he loves his son unconditionally , nothing wrong with that

512 days ago
159.

Helen Thomas    

Dear homosexual practioners. I do not fear you. You are flesh and blood and have no heaven or hell to put me in. As a born again believer in CHRIST JESUS, I am commanded to tell you that the sin that so easily besets you/the temptations, are common to human beings. However, the difference between you and I is that I realize my need for the SAVIOR, I have given my life to HIM, I realize that HIS Commands are loving boundaries to preserve my life. I repent of my sin, live in HIS Forgiveness and go and sin no more. You on the other hand, have been fooled into thinking you can sin without impunity, and demand that the rest of us recognize what you do as legitimate, thumbing your noses at the ALMIGHTY GOD WHO tells you through scientific evidence (since you don't believe HIS WORD) that you suffer from those high levels of dis-ease because you use the body in ways it should not be used.
So when you chose to deliberately rebel against the LORD, you chose death.
I like life. I avoid anything that would take me to an early grave. Sin does that, so I allow the LORD to lead and guide me in truth so that when my natural death occurs, I am still eternally alive in HIM.
You know what you are doing is wrong. That's why you insist on trying to share your shame and guilt. But today I tell you that the LORD GOD MOST HIGH, by CHRIST JESUS and the Power of the HOLY SPIRIT, can heal and deliver you from your hurt, your shame, your low self esteem and your perversion. HE loves you, more than you love yourself.
So repent, for HIS KINGDOM is at hand. If not, you will perish.
Have a nice day.

512 days ago
160.

Helen Thomas    

Dear homosexual practioners. I do not fear you. You are flesh and blood and have no heaven or hell to put me in. As a born again believer in CHRIST JESUS, I am commanded to tell you that the sin that so easily besets you/the temptations, are common to human beings. However, the difference between you and I is that I realize my need for the SAVIOR, I have given my life to HIM, I realize that HIS Commands are loving boundaries to preserve my life. I repent of my sin, live in HIS Forgiveness and go and sin no more. You on the other hand, have been fooled into thinking you can sin without impunity, and demand that the rest of us recognize what you do as legitimate, thumbing your noses at the ALMIGHTY GOD WHO tells you through scientific evidence (since you don't believe HIS WORD) that you suffer from those high levels of dis-ease because you use the body in ways it should not be used.
So when you chose to deliberately rebel against the LORD, you chose death.
I like life. I avoid anything that would take me to an early grave. Sin does that, so I allow the LORD to lead and guide me in truth so that when my natural death occurs, I am still eternally alive in HIM.
You know what you are doing is wrong. That's why you insist on trying to share your shame and guilt. But today I tell you that the LORD GOD MOST HIGH, by CHRIST JESUS and the Power of the HOLY SPIRIT, can heal and deliver you from your hurt, your shame, your low self esteem and your perversion. HE loves you, more than you love yourself.
So repent, for HIS KINGDOM is at hand. If not, you will perish.
Have a nice day.

512 days ago
161.

myopinion    

PLEASE!!!! What do you expect Magic to say! He is not happy but the public will never know!

512 days ago
162.

Tesla_Consulting    

You wanted love? You found it.

512 days ago
163.

Judy    

Good for hiom ,he is backingup his son . This is the way it should be. Whatever your child is just remember that they did not choose to be this way, they were born that way and we are all Gods children, I am not going to have to answer to the big guy why I showed hate and contempt to His children. Too bad that all parents are not backing up their gay children,.

512 days ago
164.

princesspr    

Celebrity or not.....this is a man who LOVE his son! And that's all that counts!

512 days ago
165.

princesspr    

Celebrity or not, this is a man who loves his son! ---- That's all what counts!

512 days ago
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