After a couple of dimwit, conservative radio pundits from Minneapolis accused him of having “faked AIDS for sympathy,” Magic didn’t sound off or succumb to their level of idiocracy. He simply dismissed the nonsense off-hand and spoke about it in terms of the HIV/AIDS education mission that he has been leading for more than 15 years.
“We can’t have people out here making false statements and putting out bad information, because this battle is too big when it comes to HIV and AIDS,” Johnson told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.
“I poured my life into it and a lot of other people have poured their life into it, into getting out the right information so people can protect themselves and know what HIV and AIDS is all about.”
And even while many are calling for the radio commentators’ jobs, Magic thinks they should stay on the air.
“I would rather they educate their audience,” he said.
In response, the radio station announced that it will air a series of HIV/AIDS public service announcements and be in contact with Magic about other ways they could help advance the education cause.
Ultimately, the HIV/AIDS issue is certainly something that was thrust upon him, but Magic has not only been a global crusader for this — nor did he have to become so involved — but he has also been instrumental in efforts to promote black-owned businesses and development in lower-class urban areas . And this incident is just another reminder that, in terms of social responsibility, Magic remains the antithesis to MJ.
By the way, none of this changes the fact that Joe Budden, who I generally think is a tool, spit fire when he said “Yall like Magic…Cuz I’m startin’ to believe yall dudes aint that sick.”
MJ was the better player. Magic is the better citizen.