Vanessa Bryant and Kobe Bryant - 16th Annual EIF Women''s Cancer Research Fund's 'An Unforgettable Evening' presented by Saks Fifth Avenue at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel - Los Angeles, CA, United States - Thursday 2nd May 2013
Magic Johnson fully supports his gay son and so does Kobe Bryant.
So Magic Johnson’s son is gay and the media might care, but Magic sure doesn’t. The basketball veteran stands firmly behind his son in every way. 20-year-old Earvin Johnson recently came out to the media and the public and has since been photographed holding hands with his boyfriend. And while the gossip mill might be eagerly churning, good ol’ Magic is not bothered by the ultra-masculine stereotypes of his sport and is instead fully supportive of his son. "Cookie and I love EJ and support him in every way," the Lakers legend and current Dodgers owner said.
"We're very proud of him." And good on them. Johnson has been voicing his support for LGBT rights for a long time. In 2011, he made the following statement: "Cookie and I love EJ and support him in every way," the Lakers legend and current Dodgers owner said.
"We're very proud of him." He is very actively working to break those stereotypes in a number of ways, including putting in his support for the repeal of California’s infamous Proposition 8, which explicitly bans same sex marriage in the state.
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LA Lakers man says there shouldn't be an issue over homosexuality
Coming out as gay should not be an issue, but in far too many mainstream sports there is still the sense of taboo about the subject, an utter shame and, really, completely nonsensical in the free-speaking world. Which is why, as long that attitude still exists, it’s important for people like Kobe Bryant to stand up and support those who have gone public with their homosexuality.
That’s exactly what the LA Lakers legend has done, supporting former Lakers great Magic Johnson in his own decision to stand by his son’s recent announcement that he was gay. TMZ reports that the former baller and wife Cookie are fully behind their son EJ, who is openly gay, as well they should be. It’s an attitude that Bryant shares, and he told the website "Of course Magic is supportive of and loves his son. Why should anyone be surprised?" Continuing he added "What I can't tolerate is a lack of tolerance."
That Bryant is in support of EJ Johnson is potentially a hugely important thing for basketball in the USA, with a player of his stature openly saying he has no problem whatsoever with homosexuality in the game (and why should he?) Then you’d hope that this might change the attitude of the sport at large and, hopefully, allow more people to feel free with their sexuality. You’d hope.
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Jerry Buss, the long-time owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, has died aged 80. The self-made millionaire made his fortune in real estate and bought the legendary west-coast NBA outfit in 1979, charting the team's success with marquee signings Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant and, of course, Shaquille O'Neal.
Buss, who led the team to 10 championships, turned the game of basketball into "Showtime," and was the brains behind getting celebrities sitting courtside and having the Laker Girls dancing during timeouts. "I really tried to create a Laker image, a distinct identity," Buss said. "I mean, the Lakers are pretty damn Hollywood."
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Divorces are a frequent occurrence among the rich and famous in California, but calling off a divorce only happens once in a blue moon, and that is exactly what basketball superstar Kobe Bryant and wife Vanessa have done, it seems.
On Friday Vanessa Bryant publicized the news via her Instagram page, saying "We are pleased to announce that we have reconciled. Our divorce action will be dismissed. We are looking forward to our future together. Kobe & Vanessa." Isn’t that sweet? Almost like a second wedding, and it was even preceded by the customary expenses. In this case the money was spent on lawyers and asset estimates, instead of a cake and flower arrangements, but romance is everywhere after all.
As of yet, the details of the reconciliation are unknown. The couple were supposedly in the process of dividing their assets and that included selling the Newport house, owned by Vanessa Bryant. The place, which has five bedrooms, six bathrooms and five fireplaces, went for $3.2 million, according to the LA Times – a hefty fee for a mock divorce. Well, they might have lost that, but at least they have each other right? As well as the three other Newport homes under Vanessa’s name of course. The houses were transferred to her after the divorce proceedings began in December 2011, after ten years of marriage. Thankfully, now all of that is behind the couple. We would, of course, like to wish the Bryants all the best in their, um, continued life together.