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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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Harvey -

Half way through the interview, I realized that you were the one asking the questions. What a wonderful story that you have set up here in the midst of all of TMZ's silly gossip.

It is great that so many of the comments here are positive, but how discouraging it must be to read all of the Hate Speech in these comments. It would be nice if we could think of movements like Naziism as part of the past, but it seems that a significant number of hateful -- really evil -- people are always with us. I think some of the commenters here would gladly join the West German Morality Leagues of the past and work to put gays and others in concentration camps to kill or work to death.

545 days ago


like father.... like son

545 days ago


Ok I get it, he's gay. The way he flaunts and overacts is absolutely nauseating!

545 days ago

Oval Beach    

I'm very proud to say that I graduated from the very same high school as Ervin Johnson. What a great father he is. GO GREEN, GO WHITE!!!!!

545 days ago


1st- none of my business if he is gay or straight. 2nd- why does the kid have to act like such a fool, cause he wants the attention. 3rd- seriously an exclusive with a gossip rag, this is not news just more opportunity to get attention.

545 days ago

Fred Farkel    


545 days ago


I like Magic, and I'm glad to hear he and his wife are so supportive.

545 days ago

Spicy mag    

Magic is the man.

545 days ago


love magic.. but have to say.. think i know where son's fashion taste comes from... apple doesn't fall far from tree.... that faux wood paneling on magic's wall behind him on video is.... very Brady... yo, wassup Magic?

545 days ago


Okay fine so his son is gay, does that mean he's the greatest athlete's son in the world? Suddenly, this kid's the most wonderful human being in the world just because he came out of the closet?

545 days ago


Inspiring. Beautiful. A lot of people can learn from him about what it means to be accepting.

545 days ago


Good for him. Some people will always find a reason to hate, race, sex, rich, poor, fat ... we just see more of it with the internet than we did back in the day where you actually had to look someone in the face to express it.

545 days ago


It must be said, that if you only are OK with gay men who are the "I never knew they were gay, they act like straight men" type gays, and LGBT people in general who basically don't make mention of their sexuality, then you are HOMOPHOBIC. Don't blame anyone else for your own biases. If a former ladies man and one of the greatest athletes in sports can be accepting, so can everyone else. All it takes is a bit of empathy and respect and regard.

545 days ago


This isn't news. This kid was never in any closet!! We all knew he was gay!

545 days ago

Dom The Mover    

Like I give a rats ass, really, you know, do your job and make sure the Dodgers make the playoffs, thats all I give a crap about, not ur family not your friends and not your health!

545 days ago
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