NBA legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson and his wife Cookie are urging their gay son, Earvin Johnson III, aka EJ, to say no to reality TV shows.
E.J. came out of the closet in flamboyant style earlier this year when he was photographed with his reported boyfriend. Since then he has given interviews and updated his social media pages indicating his hope to be a voice for gay youth by starring in a reality TV show.
But not if his parents can help it.
"Magic and (his wife) Cookie say they’re very proud of EJ, but they’re also realistic,” a family friend told The National Enquirer.
“They know there are folks out there who still hate gay people, and it would break their hearts to hear their son got attacked or even injured just for being himself," said the family friend.
The 21-year-old New York University junior came out to his parents when he was 13. But despite the media's Gay Agenda and the prevailing gay-friendly winds of change, EJ claims he's getting nasty emails containing threats.
This has Magic and his wife worried for their son's safety.
“Magic knows firsthand how horrible the public can be,” said the family friend.
“After revealing that he was HIV-positive in 1991, he was ridiculed by the public, and some NBA players protested when he played before his final retirement.
“To this day, he still gets derogatory comments about his sexuality.
“Magic and Cookie want to protect EJ so he doesn’t experience the same hurtful things they did. They’re hoping he takes their advice to continue to live his life to the fullest – just not on TV.”