On Sunday (March 11), ESPN and Magic Johnson relived the moment in Nov. 1991 that Johnson disclosed he was HIV positive.
“The Announcement” premiered on the network after the NCAA selected teams for the 2012 NCAA tournament. In the documentary, filmmaker Nelson George chronicles the impact of Johnson’s announcement and includes, for the first time Johnson himself talks about how he learned about his illness, how he told his family and teammates and what happened after he did.
“I wasn’t scared to announce it; I wasn’t scared of the media. What I was scared of is… would I see [friends and teammates] again?” says Johnson in the film.
ESPN is running “The Announcement” several times throughout the month of March. See the schedule here.