Can Magic Johnson's attitudes change basketball?
It’s not every day a sporting legend has the chance to fully support equality when it comes to sexuality, so when Magic Johnson’s son, E.L Johnson III, decided to hide his sexuality no longer, it was delightful to see Magic’s response.
"I told him, 'Hey, we are here to support you, man. We're going to love you no matter who you are, what you do. We just want you to love yourself,' " the NBA legend, 53, tells TMZ in a video. Like most sports, basketball won’t be ready for an openly gay player in a long time, but Magic’s status in the game mean his attitudes will cause ripples amongst the game. Lovely, open-minded, liberal ripples. “I love E.J. so much, that's my main man," Magic says. "I think he really wanted to be out. But he was torn. ... He just didn't know how. He just said, 'This is my moment. This is my time. I'm happy to share with the world who I am.' And I said, 'Go, E.J., go.' " He adds: "This is a good moment for us as a family, and a greater moment for him. Now he's just the bubbly kid we knew again. ... I'm behind him a million percent. This is really wonderful for him."
Since learning that he was HIV positive in the 90s, Magi has made great strides in creating awareness about the disease, which included a close relationship with the gay community.
Gay? Who cares; not Magic Johnson