ESPN to premiere film about Magic Johnson's HIV Announcement
|Earvin Magic Johnson, 2009|
years ago, Magic Johnson stunned the world when, in the same arena
where he had won five NBA championships with the LA Lakers, he announced
that he was HIV-positive and would be retiring from basketball. The Announcement, a
ESPN film by director Nelson George that will premiere on March 11,
looks back at the difficult decision process that led to that day, as
well as its impact on Johnson's career and general attitudes about the
documentary, narrated by Magic Johnson, tells the story of how he
decided to tell the world he was HIV-positive, effectively becoming the
new face of the epidemic.
Nelson George hopes to make people aware that the HIV/AIDS epidemic is
not over. People are still contracting the virus, people are still
dying, but the issue no longer attracts the attention that it did twenty
years ago. That is one of the reasons that Dr. David Ho, who has been
involved in Johnson's care from the beginning, is proud to participate
in this film. "Magic Johnson's courage twenty years ago did a lot to
build awareness of the epidemic. It is important that people understand
that it is not over. We continue working to find a vaccine, better
treatment, and even a cure."
The Announcement premieres Sunday, March 11, 9-10:30pm EST on ESPN.