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20 years ago today ...

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Gutter, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. Gutter

    Gutter Well-Known Member

    Magic Johnson "retires" after revealing he has HIV virus.

    One of those moments where you remember where you were and what you were doing when you heard.
  2. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I heard the news from my high school football coach, who was a huge Lakers fan.

    I was a huge Pistons fan. He and I harrassed each other endlessly about which team was better.

    He said, "Magic Johnson has AIDS. Isiah Thomas probably gave it to him."

    I thought he was joking.
  3. Gehrig

    Gehrig Active Member

    One of the greatest players I've ever seen.
  4. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    One of those moments in your life when you remember where you were when you heard the news.

    So shocking at the time.

    It was also believed to be a death sentence at the time.
  5. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Grew up -- and still am -- a huge Lakers fan. One of those holy shit moments in sports and life that you never forget.

    It was a Thursday. Was talking with a PR flak from Prime Ticket and he told me. I was like, "No way."

    It was true. Shocking at the time and no one at the time gave him five years -- much less 20 -- to still be alive.

    The greatest Laker.
  6. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I remember a friend of mine in high school said, "How does a guy with the name Magic Johnson, get AIDS?"

    I know he only has HIV. Most 17-year-olds didn't know the difference at the time.

    I still laugh when I think of that comment.
  7. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    Probably THE "Holy Shit!" sports moment of my youth, maybe ever. I've been a Lakers fan since I can remember, and I remember being completely distraught when the announcement was made. Just devistated. I'm not entirely sure I didn't get a creeper. Magic was, and still probably is, my favorite athlete of all time.
  8. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    I remember my little brother, who was a big Magic/Laker's fan, being really upset by the news.
  9. Sea Bass

    Sea Bass Well-Known Member

    We're the same age, and I certainly didn't know the difference at the time either. I'd bet most people still don't.

    Back then, my buddies and I always wondered how he was still alive 5-10 years later. We just figured they were Magic AIDS or something.
  10. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    I was in college, and I think I heard the first rumors on the radio, but I remember watching the press conference in my college's TV lounge, which was filled with the other students. There wasn't a place to sit.

    And I, too, thought that Magic was going to be dead in a few years. Amazing that he isn't.
  11. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    It was about 2 1/2 weeks later (Nov. 24, 1991) that Freddie Mercury died of AIDS. So there was no reason to think otherwise in those days.
  12. X-Hack

    X-Hack Well-Known Member

    I was in college. One of my fraternity brothers came in and broke the news (before the press conference). I didn't believe him. I thought he was messing with me because I grew up in the Lansing area and though I was at Michigan, I was still kind of a Sparty hoops fan and was always a huge Magic fan.
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