Magic Johnson just shot down a rumor claiming he recently donated blood … with the Hall of Famer calling the story a flat-out lie.
A Twitter account posted what appeared to be a picture of Magic donating blood back on Aug. 18 — and it quickly went viral, as it claimed the Lakers legend, who was diagnosed with HIV in the early 1990s, was giving blood in order to help those affected by COVID.
But, Johnson said Tuesday it’s all completely fabricated.
“I’m aware of the false story circling the internet,” the 63-year-old said, “and to be clear, I have never donated blood.”
Johnson initially went public with his HIV diagnosis in 1991 — announcing he was retiring after contracting the virus.
The former point guard did ultimately come back to play in the 1992 All-Star Game, and he also returned to the Lakers in the 1995-96 season.
But, following that year, Johnson called it quits for good … and has since become an advocate for safe sex and HIV awareness.