KTLK-FM Jocks Claim Magic Faked AIDS, Johnson Responds
October 9, 2008 at 4:53 PM (PT)
NBA legend MAGIC JOHNSON has publicly rebuked comments made by CLEAR CHANNEL Talk KTLK-FM/MINNEAPOLIS morning hosts CHRIS BAKER and LANGDON PERRY, who claimed that JOHNSON "faked AIDS."
During their OCT 8th show, PERRY asked: "What about diseases that are eminently treatable and you can live with for a long, long time quite healthily if you just get some basic drugs? ... Like MAGIC with his faked AIDS." When BAKER asked, "You think MAGIC faked AIDS for sympathy?" PERRY replied, "I'm convinced that MAGIC faked AIDS." BAKER then said, "Yeah, me too," as PERRY concluded: "I'm not sure why, but I'm pretty sure he faked AIDS ... cause he's the only cured AIDS guy ever."
"I am extremely disappointed in KTLK/MINNEAPOLIS," JOHNSON said in a public statement. "I am outraged that CHRIS BAKER and LANGDON PERRY would minimize such a serious and deadly issue. Millions are dying from HIV/AIDS and the fact that they would make jokes about my status is unbelievable. CHRIS, LANGDON and KTLK should use their power in a more positive light by encouraging people to get tested for this disease instead of making up such ridiculous lies."