Retired NBA star Magic Johnson has responded to accusations made by KTLK radio hosts Chris Baker and Langdon Perry that he had "faked AIDS."
On Wednesday, host Perry asked during the broadcast of "The Chris Baker Show," "What about diseases that are eminently treatable and you can live with for a long, long time quite healthily if you just get some basic drugs?"
Baker cut in, "like Magic Johnson."
Perry replied, "Like Magic with his faked AIDS."
When asked if he's convinced that the basketball player just pretended to have the disease, Perry adamantly said, "I'm convinced that Magic faked AIDS."
He added when Baker agreed, "It falls apart when you get into motivation. I'm not sure why, but I'm pretty sure he faked AIDS."
"Cause he's the only cured AIDS guy ever."
In response, Johnson released a statement expressing his "outrage" over the hosts' accusation.
He said, "I am extremely disappointed in KTLK in Minneapolis. I am outraged that Chris Baker and Langdon Perry would minimize such serious and deadly issue. Millions are dying from HIV/AIDS and the fact that they would make jokes about my status is unbelievable."
"Chris, Langdon and KTLK should use their power in a more positive light by encouraging people to get tested for this disease instead of making up such ridiculous lies."
Johnson announced in 1991 that he would retire from the sports immediately upon learning that he tested positive for HIV.