Trancript courtesy of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360°.
ANDERSON COOPER, CNN ANCHOR: We begin our conversation today talking about the first recording that surfaced, the recording that started it all.
COOPER: When you first heard the audiotape that was released a couple of weeks ago, what did you think?
EARVIN “MAGIC” JOHNSON, FORMER NBA PLAYER: Well, I was just — I was blown away.
I was — I couldn’t believe that he had said those things, first of all, made those statements, those racist statements, and then, you know, threw me in, “Don’t bring him to my games.”
And so you personally attack me. And so — and I had known Donald, not very well. I knew him. I have met with him three or four times, been to his office.
COOPER: So, how — I mean, so you — so were you guys friends?
COOPER: You were acquaintances?
JOHNSON: I would say we were friends.
My first trip, when I got here in L.A. over 35 — about 35 years ago, Dr. Buss took me to his beach house for his annual beach house party in the summertime. So that was one of the first things that I did.
So, to reflect back to that, to these statements he made about myself and minorities, it was just disappointing. It was — I was in disbelief that he would say these things, and then, you know, to throw me into the situation. Continue reading