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Earvin 'Magic' Johnson Responds to Radio Hosts' Accusations That

October 9, 2008
Today, in response to KTLK radio hosts Chris Baker and Langdon Perry's accusations that "Magic faked AIDS," Entrepreneur, Philanthropist and NBA Legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson released the following statement.

"I am extremely disappointed in KTLK in Minneapolis. 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," said Johnson. "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."

During the October 8 broadcast of Minneapolis' The Chris Baker Show, Perry asked: "What about diseases that are eminently treatable and you can live with for a long, long time quite healthily if you just get some basic drugs?" Baker interjected, "like Magic Johnson," to which Perry replied, "Like Magic with his faked AIDS." After Baker asked, "You think Magic faked AIDS for sympathy?" Perry stated, "I'm convinced that Magic faked AIDS." Baker replied, "Yeah, me too." Perry added: "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."

/PRNewswire-USNewswire -- Oct. 9/

CONTACT: Tammy Warren of Magic Johnson Enterprises, +1-310-247-2033,

Source: Magic Johnson Enterprises

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