NBA legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. says signs of his youngest son EJ Johnson's cross-dressing appeared early. Magic, 58, discussed his son's homosexuality and flamboyant style during an episode of Fox News series OBJECTified.

A teaser clip shows Magic discussing his son's cross-dressing lifestyle with TMZ founder Harvey Levin.

Magic confirmed his son wore Disney Princess dresses as early as preschool. Little EJ spent most of his childhood with his mother (Magic was often on the road playing basketball).

Magic Johnson and EJ Johnson

"It was difficult in the beginning because I thought he would play sports and do the things that I did -- like his dad," said Magic.

"And then to see him in dresses but also wigs [nervous laugh]... So I said 'Okay, is this is who he is or something he plays, plays... dress up.'"

In a previous interview, Cookie Johnson said Magic broke down and cried when his son officially came out as gay to him.

It was one thing for EJ to play dress up in his mother's clothing, but Magic apparently had a difficult time accepting his son's homosexuality.

Many parents confuse cross-dressing with homosexuality. Statistics show that most cross-dressing boys grow up to be heterosexual men, many of whom are married or in committed relationships with women.

Magic and Cookie share adopted daughter Elisa Johnson, 23. He also has a son, Andre Johnson, 37, from a previous relationship.

The episode airs Sunday, July 1, on the Fox News Channel. Check your local listings.

 

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I'm just here for the comments.

  • millz

    ?????? #toomuch

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    Me too

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker
  • Skin Deep Beauty

    The Life of Magic Johnson on the big screen. IM WAITING....

  • Ghost

    Didn’t know he had a 37 year old son...must live his life privately.

  • TRUTHbeabsolute

    Magic Johnson's basketball career was short-lived after his HIV diagnosis and EJ was born after he announced his status. So I am not sure why he would have been traveling for basketball. What I want to know is how Isaiah Thomas and his now deceased HIV positive brother came into play. Enough about EJ let's talk about Magic.

  • SummerBaby

    Sits Indian style waiting for the comments.

  • SweetTEE

    Ion want to hear no lies Earvin! Tell us what your child might have witnessed from you good sir.

  • Karen Brady
  • Evillene

    You cannot make your kids in your own image...it never works. You have to accept that your kids are individuals, in some sad cases, you may not even understand who and why they are who they become. Being a parent can be heartbreaking. But the role of a parent is to love, protect and support until you cannot, then just let them walk their own path.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    After his 1991 retirement, he came back for one season in 1994.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I love how clever Sandra social engineers her readers by posting about gays and crossdressers and they don't suspect that they are being brainwashed.

  • TRUTHbeabsolute
  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Raise awareness Magic all I got for this ... He is still your son .. So keep surrounding him with love. .. All I got. ... Seasoning my meat chile .... ?

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    chile folks hip but some are not. . It's all good

  • TRUTHbeabsolute

    Read his book. BTW you visit a TACKY website, with TACKY subject matter yet you call me TACKY?

  • SpillyNillie

    Whatchu cookin?

  • BrownIsBack

    lol

  • TRUTHbeabsolute

    There was NO INNUENDO. I wrote what I wrote. Now move along hypocrite.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Only whimps and weaklings can be brainwashed!

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    EJ was born in 1992. Magic played in the 1992 Olympics. He also returned to the Lakers in 1993-94 and he signed on as a coach as well. Then he returned to play again for the Lakers in 1995-96.

  • Vonn

    How much for a platter?

  • TRUTHbeabsolute

    One year as a coach? Maybe he was gone for other reasons but basketball definitely shouldn't have been one of the excuses used for him being absent. I think he was probably around more than you know.

  • Nathan Hastings

    Worst thing in the black community is being gay. Everything else is acceptable.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Please explain how I am brainwashing my readers by stating facts. ?

  • TRUTHbeabsolute

    You better SAY IT!

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Please read my comment. After his HIV announcement, Magic returned to play in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1996. EJ was born in 1992. Those were the formative years that a young boy needs his father. Especially boys who are raised by dominating mothers (which Cookie appears to be).

  • TRUTHbeabsolute

    Why you delete my posts...She tried it with her TACKY comments. I was just pointing out the obvious.

  • Ajavee

    Sadly it is;-(

  • TRUTHbeabsolute

    Ok, he may have played those years but I doubt that has anything to do with his current lifestyle. Maybe EJ was imprinted upon by the affection his dad showed towards other men. Ex: The kisses he and Isaiah shared prior to games when they played against one another. It was unusual to say the very least.

  • Sdot33

    Sad tho....somewhere Magic wasn't there enough for that boy.

  • SweetTEE

    Well that sounded like something a loving grandmother would say. I'll have to keep that in mind for when I have my own.

  • SweetTEE

    Aye.. I guess it's go hard or go home Friday in the rose garden lol

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Lol got two teens coming by and my daughter .. Chicken tenders .. Platter cost 0.00 cents .. ? bring a smile ..

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chicken tenders homemade got my meat marinating in seasoning smothered in a little buttermilk ... Homemade fries chile... Ima cook me some spinach to though for my side ... Got a taste for it..

  • Vonn

    Gracias! I have a huge smile showing all 32. Also, I have a seafood potato salad I've been meaning to make, can't come empty handed. Two teens = no food left. ?

  • Ni Ni

    Poor EJ ?.

  • BadAss Will

    Thankfully he have parents who at the end of the day except him. Parents see the first signs but be in denial because they'll feel they did something wrong. NOT THE CASE! I have friends who parents put them out on the streets. I have a friend who parents put him out at 14 and didn't reach out to him till he was 24 after they found out he was living a wealthy lifestyle and had money. smh but EJ! He just didn't come out the closet, bitch he ran round the corner ? his clothes tho ?

  • pecancandy

    Ok my thing is this, I supply the clothes for my child and in pre-school a Disney Dress would not have been an option. You gone be Mickey Mouse or Pluto. Pick one lil knee grow.

  • Ozad

    But that is not the case with him, he came out as Gay AND likes to dress in feminine clothing

  • Ozad

    dope dealer, serial cheater, wife beater, children out of wedlock, impregnating multiple women, ratchet, ghetto, athlete, singer, rapper....all acceptable behaviors and professions

  • Renee26

    TRUTH

  • Jennifer

    Of all the things this man has accomplished and overcome in his life, why is his flamboyant son a constant topic? Has he been chosen as the national spokesperson for coping w a gay son? I'd rather his platform be geared toward business and financial planning.

    The media will NEVER let a Blackman be seen in a superior light. EJ is being brought to our attention to minimize Magic's magic.

  • Bashi22

    How much they pay Magic Johnson to be the leading spoke person for black male with transgender son lol.

  • Renee26

    Idk why all of these interviews are taking place. So what people wonder how his parents accept him... This is their private family business. All people need to know and see is that regardless of his lifestyle his parents love and accept him and are not ashamed to be seen in public with him... No need to come out and announce all of this; it was apparent

  • Quitedeliteful

    Mickey Mouse or Pluto. Pick one lil knee grow.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    LOLLOLLOL!!!!!!!

  • Quitedeliteful

    Sounds good!!!

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOLLOL!!!!!!!!

  • interestingconcept1

    Every time I see that pic above of them two?...I would think surely this young man has been practicing his makeup technique for quite some time now...why is coming back out now..why Magic talking about this.Again?? Does he have a book coming out?

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Just like conservatives accuse the media of being biased due to the stories that they cover you like to cover stories that you know will rile up your readers and not in a good way.

  • Kemi

    At the end of the day, he’s still your flesh and blood. Continue to support and love your son!

  • Logan Roberts

    Chile, the real story is not gonna come out until Magic pass ?

  • KcoolMuziq

    Magic has been a GREAT leader in the black community. It's respectable how he has accepted his son EJ's choices in life that may get negative reaction from ignorant, judgmental people.

    Not to mention his leadership in being one of the FIRST African American athletes to reveal his status to the world with no fear.

  • Kim’s Original Face

    That’s clearly evident he has no problem
    shoving those hooves in heels! He’s fierce tho in some of those outfits

  • Luv Pitties

    I hope your friend didn’t give them one damn dime

  • BadAss Will

    nope.. but he did pay for his grandma funeral and they tried to band him but they funeral company was like he wrote the check and he can put yall out

  • Luv Pitties

    Good, how the hell they reached out but still want to be nasty. I hope he told them to kiss his arse and blocked them all.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    ?????

  • Kita Williams

    I think it's a choice to see this as a negative. With LGBTQ issues and mental health issues, black families almost always take the road of belittling and hazing family members who exhibit signs of being different, especially men. It is commendable that Magic, as a black man, shows that it is okay to still love and support your children in their decisions regardless of the life choices they make. shunning your family and abandoning them won't change their makeup and potentially opens them up to being victimized like the 3 transgendered women in a previous post. If people just love and worry about their own transgressions, we would be a better world.

  • Kita Williams

    there's a little boy now, 10, dead at the hands of his parents because he showed signs of being gay. People in this thread talking about why make Magic the spokesperson? BECAUSE PPL NEED TO SEE THEY CAN LOVE THEIR CHILD REGARDLESS!It's a damn shame to be a part of a life that just kills someone over choices that don't personally affect them. Him getting dack don't penetrate you not one bit

  • BadAss Will

    And they havent been arrested yet.. so heartbreaking

  • GAPeach

    Years ago I had the honor to meet him when he was the "face" of Washington Mutual Banks urban initiative during a banking conference. He was so warm and personable. I give him nothing but props.

  • 88

    This man is leading us straight to the slaughter nothing great about that unless you are a c00n.

  • Karen Brady

    shoving those hooves in heels!

  • Karen Brady

    LOLOLLL!!!

  • Dowoop

    I swear just last week it was "Magic took EJ coming out very hard and broke down in tears"

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    It still says that. He's talking about EJ's cross-dressing which is not the same as him coming out. Being gay and cross-dressing are not the same.

  • Strappyheels

    GURLLLLLLLL!!!!

  • Irene

    Word .... My son is 4 I think it is important to help them understand gender roles. I would never discourage my son from being his authentic self however in my house, under my rule, you will act accordingly. I don't mind gays trans or whatever letter you identify with. What I do mind is disrespect, you not gone disrespect my mind and come in here in a size 16 heel with a sheer top and yo nipples showing.. no sir... You better put on that pink button down and some slacks in my house and be satisfied with that..EJ looks like a class A fool in public

  • dru and neil

    He is very fierce. I like EJ's "in your face" style. He's living his only life and that's something Bruce Jenner waited until he was almost 70 years old to do.

  • dru and neil

    Hiding your HIV status, and living a sleazy, promiscuous, or closeted dishonest lifestyle is more likely to lead us to slaughter. I'm glad Magic brought this to light.

  • Media Blitzs

    And that's one of the main reasons he's so angry and depressed: wasted youth. Now, he's an old dried out, swollen knee, receding hairline, Viagra taking, plastic surgery freak no one wants to be around unless they are getting paid or freebies.

  • Media Blitzs

    And how did he get it? Was he leading s sleazy, promiscuous, closeted, dishonest lifestyle?

  • Logan Roberts

    I wonder did Magic share his bestie Jermaine Stewart's story with EJ?

  • kekeb

    He's shared this story. Google it

  • Miss K

    Oh my!!!

  • the guest

    Sad.

  • the guest

    Not only dominating, Cookie appears to have socialized her son to be her girl friend. She just comes across far too accepting of his early confusion like it kept him close to her.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Tru dat!

  • MythCalledLove

    Forgive if I offend. I always wonder if the parent could intervene and correct the behavior. If you say and do nothing then they would think its ok. A child will grow up not understanding gender difference. I believe that parents today are lead to believe they should allow their children to just "find" themselves. Whatever they want or think is left up to them. A child will do just that. I know some single mothers have raised good men. I believe when raising a boy male interaction is needed. My aunt raised her son alone and all he saw and knew was feminine.

  • imright

    EJ is a terrible trangender tho????? he looks absolutely ridiculous in those clothes he puts on.

  • Conscience

    I'm confused. where was the male example of a man in this Family ? Something is very strange about this entire story. You mean to tell me you allowed your child to cross dress ? What happen to teach them the way they should go and they will follow an forever hold on to your teachings ? I am totally confused Magic.

  • 88

    Most c00ns will be.

  • Irene

    I totally agree!! A child is NEVER gay that's just foolishness.. A child doesn't have sex!! If your child is having issues understanding gender roles and there is no male in the home it's just a lack of exposure.You need to get a grandfather uncle stat to intervene.. Now if he grows up and says I'm attracted to the same sex ok.. your gay but a child... I can't conceive..

  • Irene

    I can agree to a certain degree.. Never shun belittle or make light of mental health issues with family or friends. I believe your choices as an adult should be respected. However there is a level of respect and decorum that EJ lacks that annoys me to no end... I'm sure gay straight or whatever letter you identify with it's never a good conversation when you have to say "Son I'd rather not see your nipples through a sheer shirt while we are having dinner"

  • Irene

    I don't totally agree... My father said The Father says "Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it" I raised alot of hell in my hay day but when I had my own son I returned to the life I was taught to be righteous and healthiest for my child..My son may depart from what I teach him is the correct kind loving way of life but I hope he and I will live long enough to see him return as my father saw me return.. However I totally subscribe to the fact you are not your child's only influence...But you should be their greatest influence.

  • dru and neil

    Are you just enjoying using the word coon or...? What's really going on.

  • dru and neil

    Are you talking about Magic Johnson, because yes, he was indeed promiscuous and cheating on Cookie. I thought people knew this.

  • Allihave2say

    So if he's emulating Cookie was she dressing like a prostitute? MJ was rumored to have a twist with Jermaine Stewart and allegedly caught HIV from him. I can't imagine the shock.

  • Allihave2say

    To share that story he'd have to tell his own.

  • MRiGOThim

    Not true in my case...I grew up with both my parents & had my Pops around until I was 22 (him passing) but around age 7 or 8 BEFORE being sexually active I liked doing girly shit & was more attracted to boys than girls :P

  • DeJeri

    TURRIBLE!

  • Karen Brady

    16 heel. :-)

  • KcoolMuziq

    But Cookie STILL stuck by him and now she shares his billion dollar fortune. She's a true ride to die chick whose loyalty has paid off.

  • Elevated Soul

    According to my male relatives Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas use to kiss so I'm willing to bet that this action influences his son actions today.It is NEVER okay for a dude to put on a wig and dress. Parents need to correct the wrong that their children do.Never let them think,"abnormal is normal"....

  • Reenaface

    Did EJ talk like RuPaul before his transition? I watch him on the Teen Mom live shows and always wondered if before transitioning did he always talk that way. ??

  • ImWoke

    I’ve always thought that children were born as blank slates, difficult for me to comprehend when they say I was born this way.

  • dru and neil

    If money is everything to you, yes her loyalty paid off for certain. Their cheating scandal and his HIV status is a tough storm to weather and I'm not sure I could have done it, at the same time I'm not a millionaire. I hear people compromise everything for money.

  • Irene

    Absolutely also commonly known as "tabula rasa" or blank slate.... I knew those psych classes would somehow pay off lol I've been waiting 20 years to use that phrase to appear smart.. I graciously thank you for the opportunity ?

  • KcoolMuziq

    I didn’t mean it in a materialistic way. Just that she deserved what she received because of the heartache she went through with Earving.

  • roy

    Who defines normal?

  • J’aime Sucer

    So EJ saw Magic and Isaiah kiss?? You know this because....

  • J’aime Sucer

    No I think the high number of black babies being born out of wedlock is taking us to the slaughter more than Magic ever could . Black women with no man popping out babies like biscuits. Black men and women having sex like it’s an intramural sport .Generations of Black kids growing up with no clue who their daddy is. Now that’s the real slaughter

  • J’aime Sucer

    Yeah like the chic who married the football player after he punched her the hell out . She wanted that money so she said . Poor thang probably getting beatings on the regular now

  • Kimocha

    I would STILL cry every time I see him if I was Magic... EJ is such an embarrassment to me every time I see him I just SMDH!

  • Kimocha

    You're right to call them HOOVES! lmaooo!

  • Lachplesis Puika

    Damn, how can a bottom part of someone's head be bigger than a top???

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    The 2 children raised by Cookie are a little off. But Magic's eldest son, who was raised by his single mother, is normal.

  • dru and neil

    Yes, she deserves it, and they really do appear to be a loving family. More power to them both.

  • ??ROUD ??eEM?? ?????

    English please!

  • ??ROUD ??eEM?? ?????

    His head and body are shaped too funny to not have a hat or wig on at ALL times! Ole Mr. Potato head lookin ass ???

  • the guest

    One thing for sure is, EJ's looks wealthy.

  • Phillybruh

    I would bet he would feel the same about you.

  • Lachplesis Puika

    If you could not comprehend what I wrote, then only the heavenly father can help you...

  • ImWoke

    Your intellect is genuine not just an appearance. Thank you for your thought provoking comments. I read them often.

  • youbeu

    we're losing so many of our young men to homosexuality and one of the leading reasons is that the father is not in the home to help raise the sons to be men, and some father's are like magic, so caught up in their careers until they have no time to be the father figure needed. if father's go out and cheat against their wives and the kids learn of it, they will throw that back up in their face if the father try to correct the son. the moment he saw the son cross dressing he should have disciplined him right then and there. he is partially to blame. it takes a man to raise a son. just as father's don't have what it takes to raise a daughter, the mother do not have what it takes to raise a son to be a man in this day and time.

  • Vegas1989

    You got that right. He is a momma boy....SMH....

  • Kevin Jones

    Child that is an ambiguous statement..can you translate it in Swahili? Maybe the ancestors can help.

  • Lachplesis Puika

    The ancestors can help ..... with what exactly???

  • Karen Brady

    the moment he saw the son cross dressing he should have disciplined him right then and there. YEP.

  • LeeLee

    He can be a YAM! Hush!