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10-12-08, 08:45 PM #1
Magic Johnson Faked AIDS, Radio Duo Says
A talk-radio duo in Minneapolis claimed on the air that former NBA star Magic Johnson faked having AIDS.
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, during a Wednesday broadcast KTLK Radio personalities Chris Baker asked Langdon Perry, "You think Magic faked AIDS for sympathy?" Perry responded, "I'm convinced that Magic faked AIDS."
Baker added, "Yeah, me too."
Perry then said: "It falls apart when you get into motivation. I'm not sure why, but I'm pretty sure he faked AIDS. ... Cause he's the only cured AIDS guy ever."
Johnson released a statement Thursday criticizing Baker and Perry's claims.
"I am extremely disappointed in KTLK in Minneapolis," Johnson said in a statement to the Star Tribune. "I am outraged that Chris Baker and Langdon Perry would minimize such a serious and deadly issue.
"Millions are dying from HIV/AIDS, and the fact that they would make jokes about my status is unbelievable. Chris, Langdon and KTLK should use their power in a more positive light by encouraging people to get tested for this disease instead of making up such ridiculous lies."
The radio station said Friday it will now air public service announcements on HIV/AIDS.
Johnson revealed that he was HIV-positive in 1991, when he retired from the NBA. He returned to the league twice after his initial retirement and was a part of the 1992 U.S. basketball squad that won gold in Barcelona. He left basketball for good in 1996.
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10-12-08, 10:52 PM #2
I say Magic shows up with one bottle of Gatorade, and they pass it around after he takes the first drink.
I triple-dog dare them.
They can put their money where their mouths are.....pun fully intended.Molly Weasley makes Chuck Norris eat his vegetables.
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10-12-08, 11:32 PM #3
PDawg, I don't believe you can contract HIV from sharing a drink. They are shock-jocks though, and the statement did exactly what they wanted it to... gander attention."never bring paws to a gunfight" - Jenna
10-12-08, 11:56 PM #4
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