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25 Years Ago Magic Johnson Announced He Is HIV Positive

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On this day, November 7, in 1991 Magic Johnson stunned the entire world by admitting he was HIV positive. Not only was it shocking that one of the best players in the NBA was announcing his retirement after only playing a shed over a decade, but it was even more shocking how somebody who seemed so invincible could become ill. It really goes to show that nobody is exempt.

Johnson did take to his website The Playbook to give an update to the world about how he still has a great outlook on life and that life is still going on and going strong for him.

Magic did make a brief return in 1996 and his first game back was a great one as he was two rebounds shy of a triple-double.

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Since his retirement, Magic has done plenty well and also taken part in events, organizations, and charities to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS. Aside from that, he’s also ventured into the Los Angeles Dodgers as co-own, helped out the Lakers with coaching and also also won a championship as the owner of the Los Angeles Sparks in 2016.

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Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

Although it was devastating to Johnson, his family, his friends, and fans to find out that Magic had to end his career short due to HIV, his name really does live up to it’s fullest potential because it truly is “Magic” that he still alive today and able to contribute his kindness, awareness, and smarts to the world. One of the greatest basketball players in the world is overlooked by becoming one of the greatest people in the world, and it really is Magical.

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