NBA legend and entrepreneur Magic Johnson is not only a proud businessman but a proud father. Magic’s son, Earvin Johnson III, made headlines Tuesday by publicly coming out as gay. Magic stated his support of his 20-year old son which has drawn some admiration from a current NBA legend. As reported by The Hollywood Gossip on Wednesday, Kobe Bryant praises Magic’s support of his gay son.
“Of course Magic is supportive of and loves his son. Why should anyone be surprised? What I can’t tolerate is a lack of tolerance.”
The Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard has come a long way when it comes to the gay community. Back in 2011, Bryant yelled a gay slur at an official but just last February scolded a fan on twitter for his negative use of the word “gay”. Clearly Kobe is an example of an individual growing and learning from past mistakes.
As for Magic Johnson, the former NBA star has faced his own rumors of homosexuality after his 1991 announcement of being HIV-positive. The rumors and HIV status has led to Magic being very outspoken when it comes to stereotyping and also a supporter of gay marriage. Magic was one of the first professional athletes to come out in support of gay rights. Back in 2008 he opposed Proposition 8, one of the cases that recently went before the Supreme Court.
In a recorded message sent out to voters back in 2008, Magic said:
“Prop 8 singles out one group of Californians to be treated differently – including members of our family, our friends, and our coworkers. That is now what California is about. So this Tuesday, vote no on Proposition 8. It is unfair and wrong. Thanks.”
Magic Johnson is very proud of his son and is providing the kind of support LGBT youth need when coming face to face with non-acceptance and homophobia.