The Los Angeles Dodgers needed a little Magic after what they endured in the past two years, which includes filing for bankruptcy and a bitter divorce between their owners. But yesterday, team owner Frank McCourt announced new owners for the team who have agreed to buy the Dodgers spear-headed by none other than Magic Johnson.
The deal was finalized just hours before the team was supposed to be auctioned off to three potential buyers including another sports connection; St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke. The Dodgers filed for bankruptcy in June of 2011, after team owners Frank and Jamie McCourt failed to settle team ownership in their divorce proceedings.
$2 Billion is the largest ever price tag for a US sports team.
Magic Johnson is one of the greatest basketball players of all time and the most prevelant faces in the fight against HIV. Since his diagnosis in 1991, Johnson has dedicated his life to HIV awareness. Now, Johnson hopes to use hip hop to decrease homophobia within African American culture.
“As a hip-hop fan, you realize that homophobia is still an issue everywhere, but especially in the black community. When people are scared to talk about it, that’s how the disease spreads,” Magic told the Huffington Post.
“I have a lot of friends in [the hip hop] industry and so what we’re trying to do is rally them to get behind the cause, deliver the message to these young people that HIV and AIDS is big and it’s not going anywhere.”
Maybe Magic can call on fellow basketball player rapper Ron Artest or Metta World Peace.