I’m not concerned about the negative comments Clyde Drexler allegedly made about Magic Johnson when both were members of the 1992 Dream Team, because I don’t believe Drexler made them.
My concern is when websites and blogs take a man’s words and use them to mislead the reader and misrepresent the story.
According to Jack McCallum, author of the new book “Dream Team”, he talks about a conversation with Clyde Drexler who feels that Magic Johnson was selected out of pity for the 1992 Olympic team and voted the All-Star MVP in the same year because of his HIV status.
“He couldn’t play much by that time. He couldn’t guard his shadow,” Drexler is quoted as saying in the book. “But you have to understand what was going on then. Everybody kept waiting for Magic to die. Every time he’d run up the court everybody would feel sorry for the guy, and he’d get all that benefit of the doubt.”
Drexler denies making the statements, calling the quotes “ludicrous” and that his relationship with Johnson spans over 25 years.
“Magic and I have a friendship that goes back more than 28 years and I would never say such hurtful things,” Drexler’s statement said. “I have reached out to Magic to assure him that I did not say those things and to apologize to him and his family for even having to respond to something as baseless as this.”
Deadspin.com ran the excerpts and even to McCallum’s admission mischaracterized the context of Drexler’s quotes. McCallum says that Drexler was referring to people around the league, not members of the Dream Team.
One key element excluded from the Deadspin excerpt, McCallum said, was that Drexler “stood tallest of all the Dream Teamers in welcoming Magic back to the league” in 1996.
I stand behind Drexler 100%.
This is one of the reasons why a reputable site like The Starting Five has to jump through hoops to gain access in certain circles and why owners continue to look unfavorably on “stand alone” media sites. Because you have sites that resort to tabloid journalism instead of just reporting the concrete truth.
Sounds like a stunt just to boost book sales to me.
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