The online news site Gawker.com is offering reward money for information leading to details of how Magic Johnson became infected with HIV decades ago.
Some HIV/AIDS activists today denounced the offer, which was announced following the premiere of a PBS documentary that includes interviews with Johnson and explores his life living with HIV.
A press release for “Frontline: Endgame: AIDS in Black America” said, “The film follows basketball legend Magic Johnson to an appointment with his doctor, David Ho. In an intimate interview, Johnson explains how he contracted the virus, what happened when he told his pregnant wife, Cookie, and how he feels about living with the virus. ‘Well, I’m not cured. I’m doing what I’m supposed to do. So no there’s no cure. I’m living with this virus in my blood system and in my body, and I’ve got to be careful.'”
But Gawker’s A.J. Daulerio complained that the story of how the basketball star became infected hasn’t advanced since 1991, when Johnson said only that he contracted HIV by “sleeping with a lot of women.”
In 1997, Daulerio said a source offered to sell Gawker details about Johnson’s sex life, but the price was too high.
Now, Daulerio wrote, “If anyone has any more information about who gave Magic Johnson HIV, please feel free to contact us. I think we can afford to pay more money for this now.”
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