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Magic Johnson denied “false stories” that he donated blood to Covid-19 patients and underprivileged children.

The Los Angeles Lakers legend tweeted on Tuesday, “I’m aware of the false story circling the Internet and to be clear, I have never donated blood.”

The rumors started after a photo circulated on Twitter showing Johnson having his blood drawn.

According to the Associated Press, the photo is from a 2012 documentary called “Endgame: AIDS in Black America.” The image shows Johnson having his blood drawn at a doctor’s office, not donating blood.

Johnson announced he was infected with the HIV virus during a press conference in 1991. The news shocked the sports world.

The American Red Cross bans people infected with HIV from donating blood, even if the viral load is undetectable.