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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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106.

Carmen    

TMZ is really pushing the issue on gay athletes coming out of the closet. I don't think EJ should be the poster boy for athletes coming out. The NBA had a gay athlete who came out some years back. I haven't seen the guy since he came out. NBA/Basketball is a business. I feel no one should bring their sexuality or their sexual orientation to their business/job. The players minds need to be focused on winning games not a coming out party.

569 days ago
107.

Beach    

What a hollow Joke this is... Magic is/was bisexual. It was the big ,dark secret in the NBA in the 80s BEFORE he announced he had HIV! Magic should lead the charge out of that closet he mentions.... He probably got AIDS from messing with guys, not from womanizing.

569 days ago
108.

joethaplumber    

My boy can suck another man's dck. I'm so proud. smh He could have had a girl for that. Anal sex is medically an unsafe sexual act. That hole isn't made for those type of things. man or women. Ask pornstars and research it.

569 days ago
109.

Proud2bBlack    

News Bulletin! Earvin Johnson and his confused little child are not the black communities, or church spokesperson. He should really shut the hell up and just repent for his sins on how he contracted HIV and not having a conversation with his child early on regarding sex. This is absolute folly.

569 days ago
110.

Jericho Morton    

It used to be called the 'gay' plague, until they managed to spread it to everyone through 'equality'.

569 days ago
111.

Fred Farkel    

barf

569 days ago
112.

taz    

I have mad respect for a father loving his son. Take all the controversial stuff out, and just look at the family dynamic, supportive and loving. That's all anyone wants.

569 days ago
113.

ctcco    

HOMOPHOBIA is disgusting and makes me sick! :-p

569 days ago
114.

ctcco    

RACISM is disgusting and makes me sick! :-P

569 days ago
115.

taz    

I find it hilarious how many angry, homophobic, racist people felt compelled to not only watch the videos, read the articles, and then comment on something they find so repulsive. Maybe you should try avoiding things that disturb you so much.

569 days ago
116.

chubbyasschasin    

He doesn't mind that his son likes to get his his booty torn by another guy

569 days ago
117.

chubbyasschasin    

God and Satan hates ***s if u like it in the ****hole

569 days ago
118.

HUFFYONE    

They say you can never be too rich or too thin, but toooo Gay , is just an embarrassment to other gay men, magic Johnson's daughter does gays a disservice, we like men act like a man!

569 days ago
119.

PictureUp    

fruit does not fall far from the tree as its well known among many people that Magic was on the downlow as a bi-sexual for years!!he didnt get HIV from one of the Laker Girls thats for sure!! do you really think Cookie would've stayed if another woman was involved back then? now its your turn to come out Harvey!!

569 days ago
120.

Cami    

Ok first of all, why does Harvey seem to think there are all these gay people in sports? Secondly, IF there are all these gay players in professional sports, I think they would have already come out...it's 2013. Magic Johnson supporting his fabbbbbulous son isn't gonna inspire anyone to come out, ESPECIALLY athletes. Magic Johnsons son wears a purse, jewelry, and fur...lol please show me a male athlete like that.

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