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Magic Johnson clarifies the rumor of him donating blood

The Lakers legend spoke out and defended himself.
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Even though the modernization and addition of social media in the NBA world has brought a lot of good to the game, expanded its popularity, and brought the players closer than ever to the fans, there are still a lot of negatives that come with that. The most recent situation regarding NBA legend Magic Johnson is the perfect example.

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Magic Johnson, one of the greatest players in NBA history, a Lakers legend, and quite possibly the flashiest point guard to ever play the game, is one of the most recognizable players ever. Magic's warm nature and character have made him loved amongst older and younger fans. Even your family members who don't follow basketball know who Magic Johnson is.

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But even though he is such an icon in the NBA world, that doesn't mean he is immune to the dark side of the Internet. We often see NBA stars get insulted, trolled, and bombarded with fake rumors, but what Magic had to encounter is next level.

A picture of Magic Johnson "allegedly" donating blood started trending for obvious reasons, and Magic himself took it to Twitter to defend himself and shoot down the report.

Obviously, Magic was diagnosed with HIV back in 1991 and dealing with it for most of his life. Back then, the disease was relatively unknown and perceived as vastly different, bringing a lot of scrutiny to Magic's name. Today we know much more about those types of diseases, and Magic has been a huge reason for it, being a public figure in the community, shining a light on a taboo topic when it wasn't easy. 

But despite Magic's work in the community and well-intentions, certain fans online simply don't know boundaries and have no problem making up these types of stories. But that is really nothing new for the Internet. Good to see Magic defend himself, as the picture that was flowing around the web was actually Magic getting his blood drawn in a standard doctor's appointment back in 2012.

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