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Magic Johnson

DONALD STERLING NEEDS HELP

We Should Pray for Him

5/13/2014 10:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Magic Johnson has finally responded to Donald Sterling's vicious attack -- telling us the disgraced Clippers owner is deeply troubled ... and is in desperate need of help. 

Johnson just called in to "TMZ Live" ... and fired back at Sterling's allegations that he ignores the black community ... telling us he's dedicated his life -- and billions of dollars -- to giving back. 

"I'm a proud black man. I'm a leader in the black community and I take that role seriously," Johnson said. 

Magic says ... instead of attacking Sterling, he thinks the guy needs help -- and says he is praying for him. Though he points out Sterling has NOT once truly apologized to him or the black community. 

Johnson also says Sterling is pissed at the wrong person -- telling us, "He should point the anger at the young woman."

Magic says he thinks Sterling was also trying to pit blacks and Jews against each other during his interview with CNN -- but says he will NOT succeed. 

In the end, Magic says he's very secure with himself and won't let Sterling's comments bring him down -- saying, "It's sad. We just got to pray for him."

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76.

David     

Can't we just drop this non-sense!!! Blacks are the most celebrated of all minorities in the USA. What more do they want????????????????

128 days ago
77.

Mariano Galvez    

Keep praying; it costs nothing!

128 days ago
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vestalh    

so he is aleader in the black comunity so it sounds like no white people allowed what country is it that is desegregated to where we are just blacks on 1 side an whites on other. if i said im a leader in white comunity, will i be prosicuted for my words, i prey for magic johnson for iof it wasnt for jews , whites , an other etnic people, he wouldnt be where he is today , we have come a long way to where we all today

128 days ago
79.

Irene Windsor    

Ge dies gave problems and the media is loving this
ignore him

128 days ago
80.

mystic    

ENOUGH ALREADY WERE ALL BORED WITH IT

128 days ago
81.

BigTaz1976    

He's not Majic he's Ervin Johnson. So what's he got to do with anything? Just part owner of Dodgers

128 days ago
82.

Bill    

The wording of these headlines that TMZ uses to lean public favor towards Magic is disgusting. "Sterling's attack" "Donald Sterling needs help" "Magic Johnson has finally responded to Donald Sterling's vicious attack". This is not unbiased reporting. TMZ is almost as bad as HuffPost is when it comes to slanted headlines.

128 days ago
83.

Daniel R. Fecht    

FINALLY! There's someone in the news who shows some class.

128 days ago
84.

Pablo56    

"Leader in a black community" Obama was also a "leader in a black community" need i say more?

128 days ago
85.

John    

Who says Magic got HIV from women? I heard he is on the "downlow". Maybe him and Sam should get together!

128 days ago
86.

Ron Fing Swanson    

As much as that old geezer is a kook, I think he's angry at Magic because he's going to make a power play for his team.

128 days ago
87.

Laurie Winter    

Mr. Sterling is a pathetic man. His ex wife must be in
dreamland if she thinks he's not prejudice. I guess she's afraid of losing the golden egg

128 days ago
88.

ErinP    

Magic does NOT own the Dodgers. He's a small investor. He only put $1,000,000 in for the purchase... He is only the celebrity face behind the money.

128 days ago
89.

SSSSSS    

stop any judgement on everyone!!! All nobody perfect too..Stop picky!!!

128 days ago
90.

Bill    

The wording of these headlines that TMZ uses to lean public favor towards Magic is disgusting. "Sterling's attack" "Donald Sterling needs help" "Magic Johnson has finally responded to Donald Sterling's vicious attack". This is not unbiased reporting. TMZ is almost as bad as HuffPost is when it comes to slanted headlines

128 days ago
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