False Story About Magic Johnson Is Going Viral
A false story about former NBA superstar Magic Johnson spread on Twitter early this week.
A parody sports media account said the NBA Hall of Famer recently donated blood to "help underprivileged communities fight COVID-19."
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This account uses an old photo of Johnson getting a routine blood draw at a doctor's appointment.
“The image of a doctor taking blood from Johnson's arm is from the 2012 PBS Frontline documentary 'Endgame: AIDS in Black America.'" fact-checkers at The Associated Press report.
Very few people in the NBA World believed this false message.
Finally, Johnson himself took to Twitter to deny this fabricated story.
"I’m aware of the false story circling the internet, and to be clear, I have never donated blood," he wrote.
Johnson famously affirmed his HIV diagnosis ahead of the 1991-92 NBA season.
The Red Cross does not accept blood donations from people who have ever had a positive HIV test.