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Stunning revelation: Magic Johnson had sex

Feb 14, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

The best NBA novelist on the planet — Roland Lazenby — has a new book coming out in a few weeks on the life of Jerry West. Of course, the first parts of the book to get leaked publicly are the most salacious.

That brings us to Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (as picked up by Sports by Brooks), talking about the Magic Johnson-era Lakers

“The team’s locker room, and its sauna, had been a place where the star and other players had entertained women, even right after games. Johnson would retire to the sauna after a game, have sex, then put on a robe and return to the locker room for his postgame media interviews.”

So it was Showtime off the court too? Big shock. This is Magic, a guy who admitted to having more than 300 sexual partners a year for a stretch and who contracted HIV because of it. Everyone has moved on from this. Aside being titillating, this tells us nothing new.

I have and am reading an advanced copy of Lazenby’s “Jerry West: The Life and Legend of a Basketball Icon.” Interviews and a review will come. But this book is the opposite of titillation — it is the story of a hardscrabble boy who has a career that many would dream of (Gold medal, NBA title, 50 greatest players of all time) but that was driven by his failures. West lost an NCAA title game and the seemingly countless times to the Celtics in the NBA Finals. Those haunt West to this day, the successes were fleeting to him.

It’s a great read, but if you are picking it up as a Kitty Kelly tell-all, you are going to be very disappointed.

  1. phaktor333 - Dec 15, 2011 at 7:48 AM

    Magic got HIV, Tiger got toppled off of his Nike/Buick/Gatorade manufactured pedestal. It’s all chopped and screwed up how both matters were handled and the prevalence of intense media scrutiny is different from ’91 to 2010. Helicopters were hovering around Tiger’s crashed car…Magic didn’t have paparazzi eyeballing him as he emerged from his hot tub of love after the games. It does not matter how it happened and who is the ‘victim’. These chump stains merely serve as examples for all of us as to what happens when you are a celebrity and you do what us ‘common folk’ do…you are not afforded the same anonymity, especially if you are messy about it. But the race issue has me thinking…Brady left a pregnant woman, upgraded and married a wealthy supermodel, but Tiki Barber gets killed when he does the same, albeit with a lowly intern. I guess whether one upgrades or downgrades holds weight, eh? Or IS it a race issue? Barber can’t even get back in the league because of this; if he left his wife for Rihanna (or other suitable upgrade), would he be in this same situation?

    • LogicalConsideration - May 16, 2012 at 2:43 PM

      I just came across this and, though it is old, it merits a response.

      First off, there is a lot of racial stuff that gets overlooked in sports and elsewhere. However, your example of Tom Brady is not an apt comparison. I HATE Tom Brady and the Patriots, but he did nothing wrong in relation to the two women he has children with. You can find this with a minimal amount of effort. Here is the sequence of events, briefly.

      Brady dated Bridget Moynahan from 2002 until late 2006. They broke up.
      Brady started dating Gisele a few weeks later. Maybe not the classiest of moves to move on so quickly and, regardless, he was single. There is not a straight guy in America who, if single, would not leap at the chance to date a supermodel. No crime committed here.
      In early 2007, Moynahan found out she was pregnant. Brady was under no obligation to dump Gisele and go back to Moynahan. What he WAS obligated to do was what he did. He was and is involved with the life of his son with her. He was there at his birth. He is presumed to be paying child support under a voluntary support agreement. This is a common way of keeping oyu finances from becoming a matter of public record. If he were not paying support, one would presume Moynahan would have sued him for child support. Here is what Moynahan said last year and it reflects well on both Brady and Gisele, “‘I never made a comment about Gisele or Tom publicly. I have a relationship with these people on a daily basis. I’m raising a child, and it’s public.
      ‘My son has two loving parents and an extended family, whether it’s cousins or stepmothers or boyfriends. My son is surrounded by love.'”

      By contrast, Tiki Barber ditched his WIFE to be with the intern. Nothing further needs to be said as the difference speaks for itself.

  2. djhtruth - Mar 7, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Tiger was homing on an icon’s record in a sport still dominated by a certain class of people.It was a foregone conclusion that Tiger would win just about every tournament he wanted to. So many others were relegated to also rans! Somebody had to find a chink in his armor because he was invincible. Mission accomplished! Shame, doubt, mediatic ridicule, incessant criticism, tore apart his iron psyche and rendered him mortal again. No approval of his acts here, just assessment of the repercussions and the events following, Was it a conspiracy?. I doubt it but one never knows these days. I feel his armor replenishing itself once again and the Tiger returns to prey on the weak and defy the young Lion who invaded his jungle during his hiatus.

    • gofish721 - Aug 9, 2012 at 8:06 PM

      A conspiracy? Really? I was a Tiger fan and to a degree still am, but to think it was a conspiracy is not an option. He chose to screw around and flaunt it right in his house on a cell phone that his wife eventually picks up? Did those women he hit on all conspire? Even the waitress he picks up out of nowhere when he just wanted some then and there? Reality check.

  3. simplekatt - May 9, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Seems like some of you are so passionate about defending when he acquired HIV, but the real question is how? No one at the time would dare question how he contracted HIV and still today it’s the elephant in the living room.

    • michflaguy - Jun 15, 2012 at 1:17 PM

      Dude….seriously???
      Your going to insinuate but not have th balls to just say the words.
      Magic got HIV from a WOMAN…stop pretending it’s a disease that only affects men.
      Your showing your ignorance…as well as your ‘pussyness’.

      • Mike Turk - Dec 28, 2012 at 7:37 PM

        One of the first people to counsel HIV+ and AIDs patients. Every man (out of many hundreds)I counseled and became HIV+ was either an IV drug user, homosexual, or bisexual. Not a one got the disease from heterosexual contact only. Every single one of them admitted to me privately that they had homosexual sexual contact. It is possible but much more difficult to get AIDs from heterosexual contact only.

        Anyway why does it matter. Magic is a human who is great basketball player. Only because of his basketball skills is he different from any one else. Give him and especially his wife and children some privacy.

  4. romoscollarbone - Jan 1, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    My question about Magic has always been where are the stories about his sexual partners. We leave in a day an age where the sports media digs and digs and digs, and I don’t recollect one girl being grilled by Jeremy Schapp about what it’s like to have gotten HIV from a bball superstar.

    I’m 29, so I remember the press conference and all, but maybe all these stories did occur and I just don’t remember them. Can anybody older than me shed some light?

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