This Day In Sports History (November 7th) — Magic Johnson
It was on this day in 1991 that Magic Johnson announced he has the HIV virus and would be retiring from the NBA.
Earvin “Magic” Johnson discovered he had the HIV virus following a physical prior to the 1991-92 NBA season. Johnson made the discovery public during a press conference on November 7, 1991. During the press conference he stated that he did not know how he had contracted the disease and that his wife and child were not HIV-positive. Johnson later admitted that he had contracted the disease as a result of having multiple sex partners during his playing days. Rumors began to spread that Magic may be gay or bi-sexual, but he denied those claims.
Johnson attempted a comeback in 1996, playing in 32 games for the Los Angeles Lakers. After averaging 14.6 points per game in just under 30 minutes, Johnson retired at the end of the season, stating that this time he would leave the game on his own terms. He has been, and continues to be, heavily involved in HIV activism.
Here is a look at Magic’s press conference.
Will Demps, NFL -Born on November 7, 1979 (age 34) in Charleston, South Carolina
Rio Ferdinand, EPL – Born on November 7, 1978 (age 35) in London, England
Mark Philippoussis, Tennis – Born on November 7, 1976 (age 37) in Williamstown, Australia