Magic Johnson’s HIV diagnosis created a $2 million headache the Lakers guard didn’t anticipate

Magic Johnson is widely known as the greatest point guard of all time, and he’s overcome a lot in his career, including HIV and an accompanying $2 million problem.

Johnson was a force of nature when he played. In the 1990s, he brought the Lakers back to the top of the NBA world alongside the legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

They won five titles and Johnson won three Finals MVPs. In their first Finals appearance, Magic filled in the center to fill the void left by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s injury, and he dominated.

In Game 6 of the 1980 Finals, Abdul-Jabbar sat out with an ankle injury from the previous game, so Magic took over at center. Much like LeBron, Magic feasted by racking up 42 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists in a streak to a 123-107 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.

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Magic Johnson thankfully had a $2 million lawsuit dropped

In 1991, Magic made a startling announcement to the rest of the NBA world. He revealed that he had been diagnosed with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

Doctors and scientists knew far less about the virus then than they do now, and there was much concern about what it would mean for his life.

However, Magic has been living with the disease for over 30 years thanks to modern medicine and treatments. Another problem with Johnson’s HIV diagnosis was the stigma behind it at the time. Many NBA players felt like they were infected if they played alongside Johnson, which, of course, they don’t.

Johnson was also sued because of his diagnosis. Waymer Moore sued Johnson for $2 million, alleging Johnson gave him AIDS.

Luckily for Johnson, the case was thrown out by a US judge with no reason given. Johnson’s solicitor, Howard Weitzman, said: “The case is closed. The parties are going to get on with their lives. I’m sure Mr Johnson is delighted that the case is dismissed.

Johnson claimed he physically interacted with Moore, but he didn’t know he had the virus when he did. Moore argued that Johnson either knew he had HIV or knew he was at risk because he was promiscuous and therefore it was his fault.

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