Magic Johnson Shuts Down Rumors About Donating Blood

August 24, 2022

Magic Johnson has become the latest victim of a cruel social media joke where he had to address his fans on Twitter. 

For the past couple of days, a picture has been circulating of the NBA Hall of Famer sitting in a doctor’s chair looking like he was getting blood work done. However, the caption on the photo read, “Earlier today, NBA legend Magic Johnson donated some of his blood to the Red Cross to help underprivileged communities to help fight COVID-19.” This post would set social media on fire. 

Johnson is HIV positive and contracted the virus in 1991, which can be transmitted through bodily fluids such as semen and blood. He recently went on Twitter to shut down the rumors of the circulated photo. 

“I’m aware of the false story circling the internet, and to be clear, I have never donated blood,” Johnson wrote. 

At the moment it is unclear how the rumor started but the photo in question was a screenshot from the 2012 PBS documentary on HIV within the Black community. 

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