You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.


Welcome to

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

live video

Thousands gather at Women’s March on Washington D.C.

Magic Johnson: I feel sorry for Donald Sterling

Earvin "Magic" Johnson, the subject of criticism from L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling both in a taped phone call and follow-up interview, sat down with CNN's Anderson Cooper to give his take on Sterling's negative comments. 

"He's a man who's upset and he's reaching. He's reaching. He's trying to find something that he can grab on to help him save his team. And it's not going to happen." 

Johnson addressed a number of insults from Sterling made during a previous interview with Cooper in which the Clippers owner said Johnson should not be a role model. Sterling also said Johnson should be ashamed of his "AIDS" diagnosis and Sterling questioned Johnson's work off the court, asking, "What does he do?" 

>> Read more trending stories

For those that don't know, Johnson announced during a press conference in 1991 that he was HIV positive — he does not have AIDS — and that he was retiring from basketball to concentrate on his health. (Via ABC)

Since then, Johnson has established himself as an entrepreneur and a philanthropist — he has founded Magic Johnson Enterprises and the Magic Johnson Foundation, which is aimed at HIV/AIDS prevention, scholarship and community outreach. 

During his interview, Johnson also tried to clear up an allegation from Sterling. The Clippers owner told Cooper he received a call from Johnson and was told to stay quiet rather than apologize publicly. Sterling said that was a part of a larger effort for Johnson to try and purchase the Clippers. 

Johnson disputed that claim, saying Sterling called him and asked to appear beside him in an interview with ABC's Barbara Walters. Johnson said he declined the offer and told Sterling to apologize publicly. (Via ESPN)

Johnson also told Cooper if there was any team he would want to buy, it would be his former squad — the L.A. Lakers. 

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Sports

High School Results for 1/20: Stivers boys win in overtime
High School Results for 1/20: Stivers boys win in overtime

The Stivers boys basketball team ended the game with five unanswered points to edge Belmont 54-51 in overtime on Friday night. Tony Boddie led the way with 23 points and Trevon Ellis added nine, including the tying basket and go-ahead free throw in OT. Miles Clark hit a pair of foul shots with two seconds to play that iced the game for Stivers (8-6)...
Springfield celebrates Davis’ birthday with win
Springfield celebrates Davis’ birthday with win

It may have been Danny Davis’ birthday on Friday night, but he did the gift giving. Davis gave Springfield fans a performance to remember in the Wildcats’ 70-64 win over Fairmont. He scored 26 points, including a dunk in the last minute to help secure the victory. But as important as his scoring was, Springfield coach Isaiah Carson said...
H.S. basketball: Catholic Central throttles Cedarville
H.S. basketball: Catholic Central throttles Cedarville

By the end of the first quarter Friday night, the net Catholic Central was shooting through might have been hot to the touch. Seven 3-pointers and 29 points created a lot of friction. When it was time to cool off at the quarter break the Irish had a 25-point lead on the way to a 68-41 Ohio Heritage Conference victory over Cedarville. “That&rsquo...
What to watch this weekend in sports
What to watch this weekend in sports

The NFL’s conference championship games are this weekend, but that’s not all.  Here is what you’ll want to watch this weekend in sports:  Archie Miller’s crew plays host to Saint Louis at 2 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.  No. 2 Louisville is at No. 10 Florida State on ESPN at 2 p.m.  At 4, flip it over to CBS...
March Forecast I: Where the Dayton Flyers stand in race to March Madness
March Forecast I: Where the Dayton Flyers stand in race to March Madness

It’s never to early to think about the NCAA tournament. Seven weeks before Selection Sunday, here’s a rundown of where the Dayton Flyers (14-4) stand in the minds of the experts as they seek a school record fourth straight trip to the big dance. With an RPI of 26, Dayton’s chances look good at this point, but its shortage of top-50...
More Stories