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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

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.

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.

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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Are you coming out Magic? We're those rumors true? Stat tuned!

575 days ago


Milking the sh*t out of this NON story. Yawn.

575 days ago


I want a father like that!

575 days ago


Leviticus 20 (King James Version)

575 days ago


You know it doesn't really matter if blacks whites Asians Hispanics etc etc if all men became gay and I'm the only straight guy in the world. The world would be a better place

575 days ago

Blue Lake    

Magic and Cookie, you rock! Now tell EJ not to wear fur and to not date a smoker.

575 days ago


575 days ago

Jermaine Stewart    

So Magic when will you be ready to tell our story?

575 days ago


This is a prime example ofwhy the world is so screwed up... Gays stay in the closet.... God made Adam and Eve, not James and Adam.. I still continue to think this is sickening...

575 days ago

Tammy LM    

I love Harvey as much as the next TMZ fan but really????
Why are you letting your own sexuality dictate the public aura surrounding this website and news organization? It's like the changes the show Ellen went through after she "came out". It's like the show suddenly centered around her character being gay. It wasn't the Ellen show anymore it was the "A Day In The Life of a Lesbian Show" and Harvey, the stories in the last year alone I've watched in here have gravitated more to the public anti-gay stories or coming out stories. Every time someone anyone says anything the slightest bit homophobic, TMZ has to turn it into a damn soap opra. We get it. Harvey gets ticked when there's gay bashing, and it's because of his being gay. Fair enough. But is that all there is out there in the world happening? It's like Harvey, you're letting your personal sexuality become a bandwagon for TMZ now.
This story right here. When did this boy "come out" exactly where you have to create this story centered around him? I know the boy is gay. We can ALL see the boy's gay. OK. So, walking down the street with his boyfriend is suddenly a public act of coming out? Maybe he wasn't thinking of just walking down the street that night as "coming out". Why did you act like he's just announced to the whole world shockingly that he's gay? He didn't. Uhmmm sorry but magic's son's been gay all this time and openly gay all this time. That wasn't the first time he's been out with a boyfriend either. Just because one of your photogs recently caught him on tape walking hand in hand with another guy does it become some big huge awakening in the press. Why did you seek out Magic Johnson to do a freakin full blown sit down interview about his son's being gay since you just now discovered it? Why are you making it so shocking that this openly gay boy has an openly accepting father like it's so odd. Or that it should even BE considered a rarity. Do you really think it's so bad that whenever someone has accepted their child's homosexuality it's suddenly news? Why are you turning this show and news source into a Gay Rights platform? So now are all the TMZ news stories going to have to have a hidden agenda for gay rights or anti-homophobia? I'm all for accepting gays. Like I said I accept you just fine and I think the whole world knows you're gay. My God, you can't really hide it very well Harvey. Maybe you think you're doing a good job of hiding it but trust me, it aint workin my friend. Are all these gay related news stories here just your way of leading up to some big announcement from you on your personal life? Or preparing and pumping for a tell all book or something. If it is, just stop it. Don't use TMZ like that. This is getting annoying. Stop turning TMZ into political mouthpiece. We don't want your personal causes all the time. We want NEWS. If you wanna get offended at anti-gay stories and take personal offense at them fine. I understand it. But stop letting your own causes and feelings dictate the headlines here. You're just going to hurt TMZ in the long run. What happened to Ellen's show after it went all one-sided? How long did it take her to win back people's hearts and stop using her sexuality to open the door for her? You want that? Or do you want people to think of your sexuality as being "no big deal". That's how you preach equality. You don't cram it down everyone's throats. You're making an unnessesary deal out of this Magic Johnson kid being gay thing. You're alterior motives are showing through. Think about that.

575 days ago


If Magic is so proud why doesn't he just come out the closet?! I mean really?

575 days ago

Celeb Gossip Addict    

Hateful comments have been everywhere. He's only addressing the ones on black blogs? Does he answer why he felt the need to announce his son's sexual preference?

575 days ago


Who the hell cares about your son being gay! Why is this news?

575 days ago


Wasn't Magic Johnson the guy who used to go on talk shows, bragging about how he'd slept with thousands of women? Then he got aids and shut up about that, and suddenly he's a saint? And now even more saintly for supporting his gay son? Thirteen year old boys shouldn't be concerned with who they are going to have sex with. A little morality, HARVEY, would be a good thing here.

575 days ago

paul a.    

I must be wierd.

Im a guy who likes women.

Is that permitted?

575 days ago
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