Magic Johnson: Overcoming the Odds

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(Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC/WPGC) - Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr. is an American icon both on and off the court.

Making a career as a professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers, Johnson was part of the historic “Dream Team” that went on to win gold at the 1992 Olympics.

Johnson made headlines the year prior when he announced that he was HIV-positive, fueling rumors about his sexuality.

Still a fan favorite, Johnson lead the West to a win in the 1992 NBA All-Star game, despite protests from other players.

Johnson has become an advocate and inspiring figure for HIV-positive people all around the world.

He officially retired from the NBA in 1996 and went on to become a successful businessman.

Johnson currently runs Magic Johnson Enterprises, which opened a chain of Magic Johnson movie theaters across the U.S.

Check back all month for WPGC’s tribute to Black History Month.

99.1 WNEW’s Cheryl Simone contributed to this report

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