Arete, Sport and Society, American Sport History, Basketball, NBA, Magic Johnson, Los Angeles Lakers, HIV, AIDS, Journalism, Role models, Promiscuity
Johnson, Earvin, 1959-; National Basketball Association; AIDS (Disease); HIV-positive persons; Journalism; Promiscuity; Role models
Just over a week ago rumors swept through the media that Ervin "Magic" Johnson was about to retire from professional basketball because he had AIDS. A few hours later Johnson appeared at a press conference to confirm the rumor of his retirement. He said he did not have AIDS, but rather he had tested positive for the HIV virus, a precursor to AIDS. It is a virtual certainty that Johnson will contract AIDS within the next decade. Because he had tested HIV positive, it was determined that medically it would be wise for him to retire from basketball.
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Crepeau, Richard C., ""Magic" Johnson and HIV" (1991). On Sport and Society. 242.