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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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91.

koover    

Thank you so much EJ and magic! As a straight 30 yo man with my first child on the way this gives me hope for the world my child will grow up in. Magic thank you for showing us all how to be a father. EJ you are incredible, keep being you!!

530 days ago
92.

JW    

Wonder what's in the pocketbook besides three dollar bills!

530 days ago
93.

juicyyellabone    

Hmmmm ok

530 days ago
94.

Cinner    

Magic is a truly nice man

530 days ago
95.

Dono    

Man, Magic is just straight up a great dude and father. RESPECT

530 days ago
96.

Legit    

Now can magic tell the truth about how he contracted HIV. Hmm...Needle my ass. Looks like **** runs in the family.

530 days ago
97.

KCINDY    

Magic is a homosexual that wants to violate other men! Everyone that went to college especially all the gays knew about Magic. Sure he has a "wife"! Before Cookie Johnson leaves this earth she will express the paid that DL Magic JOHNSON caused her. And the heart break relative to her son! Ask Magic about his tyranny!

530 days ago
98.

gayforliztaylor    

Your son's important to his gay friend, not you, "Magic John..."

You, in contrast, pretended you needed to quit the NBA when you were an AIDS whore. You couldn't wait to cash in on the winning teams & adoration of fans & players who watched you announce your retirement. You thought you had no deadly disease while you were with uninfected sex partners; you claimed you cared about not infecting the players with HIV. Yeah right. YOU returned to the Olympics to take advantage of the tolerant NBA players and play the brave Olympic hero. Your sex partner had no choice about AIDS infection.
Your son is not you. Therefore, you are not a hero for gay people.

530 days ago
99.

The New Improved Sock Puppet    

The kid is kind of cute in that crazy Jewish grandmother way.

530 days ago
100.

z162826    

The math is simple, more gay black men equals less procreation and black families. African Americans cannot afford any more damage to their family structure -- Example causes of this damage are slavery, unfair justice systems, negative uneducated portrayals of black people in the Jewish media, and the list goes on. Effects of this damage have caused the black man to be absent in the black family. Man, I wish black people were organized like they were in the 60's, and Martin Luther King was still alive. Not the "I have a dream Martin" -- the Martin that Jewish media never plays -- the "be proud to be black Martin". I love magic, and all of his accomplishments, but I wish it were someone else in this interview.

530 days ago
101.

Gravity's Silhouette    

What professional athlete would look act Magic's son and be "inspired" to come out of the closet? There's nothing inspiring about EJ. He's not even an athlete. He's a 20 year old indulging in a lifestyle paid for by his father's millions; not trying to earn his own living. It's ludicrous to expect that because he came swishing out of a closet that an A-list athlete will suddenly gather the courage to tell the world he (or she) is gay. EJ's son is no role model for any athlete. He may be a role model for a person who has a famous athlete for a father and wants to tell the father they're gay, but other than that, there's nothing to be inspired by here. It won't make one difference. You're gonna need a Tom Brady/Aaron Rodgers level player to come in order to get taken seriously. Someone like EJ isn't going to cut it, especially when it's been obvious since he was 13 that he was gay.

530 days ago
102.

angie500    

I glad he's there''' for his son/ daughter ,but tell your wife to please take him shopping, he look a hot mess in that get he was wearing.

530 days ago
103.

laura    

I love my dead gay son!

530 days ago
104.

Gargamel    

A lot of people can learn from this.

530 days ago
105.

hank the tank    

I didn't know homosexuality could be inherited.

530 days ago
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