Karen Ocamb

HIV Positive Sports Star Magic Johnson Buys the LA Dodgers

Filed By Karen Ocamb | March 28, 2012 7:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Living
Tags: AIDS Healthcare Foundation, HIV/AIDS, LA Dodgers, Magic Johnson, Tommy Lasorda

Remember that day 20 years ago, Nov. 7, 1991, when basketball great Magic Johnson, 32, revealed he was HIV positive, quit the LA Lakers, then re-joined and was shunned by his teammates and other players afraid they might get infected if Magic got cut and bled during a game? ESPN made a film about the announcement and Magic's journey, which was screen recently by the Magic Johnson Foundation and AIDS Healthcare Foundation for a group of 500 youngsters.

Magic Johnson at screening of ESPN's "The Announcement" (Photo via ESPN)

Yesterday, March 27, Magic Johnson - now a magic businessman, HIV educator and philanthropist - made another announcement: he and a group of investors bought the LA Dodgers baseball team for $2.1 billion. Everyone seems thrilled. KTTV Fox 11 spoke with legendary LA Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda about the purchase. As I wrote about when the LA Dodgers made an "It Gets Better" video - Lasorda's son died of AIDS in 1991 and the "great" Dodgers manager refused to acknowledge Tommy was gay and died of AIDS. How times have changed.

Check out the Fox 11 interview with Lasorda after the jump.

Dodgers Sold To Magic Johnson, $2.1 Billion! : MyFoxLA.com

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