Keywords

Arete, Sport and Society, American Sport History, Basketball, NBA, Magic Johnson, Los Angeles Lakers, HIV, AIDS, Journalism, Role models, Promiscuity

Subjects

Johnson, Earvin, 1959-; National Basketball Association; AIDS (Disease); HIV-positive persons; Journalism; Promiscuity; Role models

Introduction

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.

Publication Date

11-13-1991

Document Type

Commentary

Type

Text

Format

application/pdf

Source Title

Sport and Society for Arete

Language

English

Publication Version

Author's version

College

College of Arts and Humanities

Department

History

Creator (Linked Data)

Crepeau, Richard C., 1941- (VIAF)

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