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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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359 COMMENTS

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46.

Luz    

Didn't he get HIV virus some years ago? That's why he had to stop playing?

568 days ago
47.

Bob    

He seems like a nice kid. Good for him that he's got the support of his family.

568 days ago
48.

Jeff    

He's a business man, who loves his son. Using Magic Johnson to push the gay agenda, when he is stuck in a corner is sad,

568 days ago
49.

marko90    

http://youtu.be/WaAvn7C0JVE

568 days ago
50.

z162826    

What race are the bloggers on this site presumed to be? I didn't know that blog sites had racial boundaries.

568 days ago
51.

SAYITWITURCHEST    

Out all sites or people to interview with he chooses TMZ??? Lol wow

568 days ago
52.

Senseofreality    

All the negative comments need to stop. I dont understand why people have to be so judegmental. If you are not interested in the story, why read it? And for the people bashing TMZ, why waste your time commenting? Move on people, it's that simple, move on.

568 days ago
53.

z162826    

Harvey's question: Does it bother you that African Americans are not paying you back, for all you've done for them??? And I thought when Harvey said Alex Baldwin may have used the word n**ger, only to make the photog mad, was racist, lol. Jewish media hatred at it's best.

568 days ago
54.

mcf1040    

Come on Magic did you really had to ask him? Sorry I'm not buying this.

568 days ago
55.

bernergirl    

All you can ask for is loving and supportive parents and clearly Magic is.

568 days ago
56.

Billy    

a man wearing fur, a purse, Elton John glasses, a sailor hat and limp wristed. Hmm, everyone knew he acts gay already. This is why people don't like gays. They act just like this.

Gays don't have the market cornered with lisps. You have to talk that way on purpose. Stop acting and start being yourself and then maybe people will be more accepting of gays.

568 days ago
57.

Pink    

Hmmm from the looks of things you wouldn't have to ask this f at kid nothing his heart has a ponytail and he's sprouting rainbows.

568 days ago
58.

IZS    

Magic Johnson is a true inspiration....

568 days ago
59.

billybob    

Earvin "magic" Johnson III is the gayest name I've ever heard. So what do you expect, when you name your kid like this???

Here is the list of Ten fabulous names to ensure your son grows up gay:

10. Terrence
9. Nigel
8. Theodore
6. Percy
5. Sydney
4. Errol
3. Basil
2. Rudy
1. Earvin

568 days ago
60.

Debs626    

You know I hate to say this but alot of black people are so bigoted against gays..which makes no sense at all.
Kudo to Magic Johnson for accepting his child for what he is, a parent is suppose to have unconditional love for their child no matter what.

568 days ago
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