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With all he’s been through, Magic Johnson is definitely an inspiration.

He recently sat down with TMZ and discussed the perils of his son Earvin Johnson (E.J.) coming out to the world, and being bothered by some of the nasty backlash.

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In what was a surprisingly candid interview, Magic discussed the first time E.J. openly admitted to being gay:

“We’ve known for a long, long time that my son EJ is gay. It’s interesting when you’re his parents. We finally had to sit down and talk about it. & I told him ‘Look, Im gonna love you regardless. Just let me know are you or aren’t you?’ & then finally, he just said ‘Yes I am.'”

Though the sports industry and religious folk may have an issue with it, Magic lets us all know that no matter what, he will protect his family and support his son.

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Magic, who was very aware his son would experience some backlash, warned E.J.:

“As I told him, once he comes out, expect some things. We knew this was going to happen because in our community we frown down on gays now.”

Check out a snippet of the inspiring interview above.

For all three parts, where he discusses homosexuality in sports, and goes into depth about the anti-gay community, click here.

SOURCE: TMZ