Saturday, October 11, 2008

Magic Johnson Is Lying About AIDS?... Is He??

KTLK’s Chris Baker and Langdon Perry started chatting on Baker’s Wednesday morning after a caller complained about demands on workers.

Perry responded by asking about treatable diseases that a person can live with for a long time “if you just get some basic drugs.”

Baker responded, “Like Magic Johnson?”

Perry replied, “Like Magic with his faked AIDS. Magic faked AIDS.”

Baker said, “You think Magic faked AIDS for sympathy?”

Perry replied, “I’m convinced that Magic faked AIDS.”

“Me too,” Baker said.

On Thursday, Johnson issued a statement saying he was “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,” Johnson said.

“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 station said on Friday that they regretted the pair saying “some off-hand remarks” and plan to air public service announcements on HIV/AIDS to make up for the blunder.

The 49 year old Johnson was diagnosed with AIDS in 1991. He was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame in 2002 and was named Greatest Point Guard of All Time by ESPN in 2007. Magic and his wife Cookie have a son Earvin III and a daughter Elisa.

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