Magic Johnson Refutes Viral Rumor He Donated Blood To COVID-19 Patients

NBA icon Earvin “Magic” Johnson shut down circulating on-line rumors that he donated blood to COVID-19 sufferers.

The previous Los Angeles Lakers level guard, who was recognized with HIV in 1991, responded to the allegation on Tuesday, calling it a “false story.”

For the previous few days, a since-deleted tweet made the rounds throughout social media, falsely claiming that he was donating “his blood to the Red Cross to help underprivileged communities to help fight COVID-19,” Folks reported.

“I’m aware of the false story circling the internet and to be clear, I have never donated blood,” Johnson tweeted on Tuesday.

The photograph on the put up confirmed Johnson sitting in a medical chair as a physician collected a blood pattern.

Nonetheless, per The Related Press, the photograph is from the 2012 PBS Frontline documentary, “Endgame: AIDS in Black America.” Within the photograph, Johnson is definitely getting his blood drawn by Dr. David Ho throughout a routine checkup — not donating it.

The American Pink Cross prohibits people who find themselves HIV-positive from ever donating blood at any level of their lives, in line with the group’s eligibility standards.

Final November, the NBA titan — who led the Lakers to 5 NBA championships and gained three Finals MVPs — signaled his 30-year milestone of dwelling with HIV with a Twitter put up.

“God has really blessed me!” he started his message.

“Today marks 30 years living with HIV so the message resonated with me in such a tremendous way. I thank the Lord for keeping me, giving me strength, and guiding me for 62 years but especially the last 30,” Johnson added.