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Magic Johnson

Sterling Wanted Me as a Prop

For Barbara Walters

5/13/2014 6:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Magic Johnson did NOT call Donald Sterling to lull him into silence after TMZ Sports released the audio ... it was Donald who called Magic ... trying to use him as a prop for a Barbara Walters interview ... sources connected with Magic tell TMZ.

Our sources -- who know exactly what went down -- tell us ... Donald called Magic the Monday after TMZ Sports posted the audio and said he wanted Magic to sit with him for the Walters interview as a show of support.  We're told Magic scoffed at Donald and ended the call.

As for Sterling's claim Magic somehow knew Stiviano and this may all have been a plot, our sources say that's a flat out lie ... Magic did NOT know Stiviano from Adam.  We're told Magic in NO WAY was scheming to buy the Clippers. 

One more thing ... we're told Magic was so incredulous Sterling had called him ... Magic's lawyer immediately called Sterling's attorney to inform him any calls to Magic were unwelcome.

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tgrfan42069    

excellent take on this situation..this guy hit the nail on the head.

http://msn.foxsports.com/college-football/outkick-the-coverage/actions-matter-more-than-words-unless-you-re-on-the-internet-051214

161 days ago
2.

Flexin_duces     

Im going to have my attorney call your attorney and tell him to tell you not to call me. Rich people problems!

161 days ago
3.

Truth    

FUNNY... DUDE DOESNT DENY THE HIV/AIDS ALLEGATIONS FROM STERLING THAT MAGIC'S LONG JOHNSON SLEPT AROUND. #TRUTH!!

161 days ago
4.

Bob    

Well, that explains why he made a point of trashing Magic in his latest interview. The old guy is vindictive.

161 days ago
5.

HRH Prince Michael    

#Bigocrite


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161 days ago
6.

01void    

Donald just wanted a friend y'all

161 days ago
7.

Mikey    

Sterlings a racist and Magic Johnson's a liar

Magic Johnson and his billionaire backers, the Guggenheim Partners, want a chance to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources told Yahoo Sports. "Magic's absolutely interested," one source closely connected to Johnson's business interests told Yahoo Sports on Sunday night.

Magic Johnson and Guggenheim had been aggressive in pursuing a purchase of the Los Angeles Lakers – only to have the Buss family make clear to them the franchise isn't for sale, sources told Yahoo Sports.

"This is 100 percent Magic's plan," a league official intimately involved in the buying and selling of franchises told Yahoo Sports.

161 days ago
8.

jacqueline    

Tell mr.sterling to just go away, its obvious he's just not wanted.his apology never appeared sincere., a lot of them care nothing about black folk, often fake and a front, they tell us anything to get rid of us.and yes some of them are sincere and im not talking about the genuine white folks.they know whom they are.you feel there heart when your around them.go hide sterling.mr.sterling

161 days ago
9.

DefenderofIsrael    

Donald and the Jewish people have done more for the black community than Magic has.

161 days ago
10.

Teresa andrews    

Magic is more of a man than Sterling will ever be.

161 days ago
11.

Jughead    

Sterling speaks the truth--Magic is not really a role model. Banged hundreds of chicks (and a few dudes), does not care about the ghetto, and risked his wife's health with AIDs. Seems like a nice guy, but he's no hero.

161 days ago
12.

Mikey    

Sterling didn't want his whore girlfriend hanging with Magic cause he's got HIV and Sterling didn't wanna get any on himself transferred by the whore. Thats all.

161 days ago
13.

Cromulent    

This Sterling/Magic thing is interesting. Peeps should remember that Magic was a rival. He built Showtime and in the mid-80s Sterling couldn't give away tickets. Its obvious Magic's success got under Sterling's skin. Can't say I blame him for that.

But then to call Magic and ask for a show of support...... straight up delusional.

161 days ago
14.

ASH    

magic moron!

161 days ago
15.

char    

Don't believe what Magic is saying. He was announcing his interest in buying the team the day the press conference was held along with Oprah and others. AC took advantage of a dementia old man in doing this interview. AC convinced him it would be in his best interest to do interview knowing this not to be true . Couldn't stand to see AC salivating and drooling over this! Should be ashamed lying to a old sick man with dementia for the purpose of inflaming,inciting, and ratings1

161 days ago
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