|Clyde Drexler Refutes Sports Illustrated Story|
|by Tom McGregor||Wed, Jun 27, 2012, 06:30 PM|
Sports Illustrated faces allegations that it falsified quotes from NBA Houston Rockets All-Star, Clyde Drexler. Mr. Drexler has long earned a reputation for not making foolish statements in public, so it came as a surprise that Sports Illustrated would claim he was dissing former Los Angeles Lakers player, Magic Johnson.
The Houston Chronicle reports that, “former Rockets star and 1992 Olympic Dream Team member Clyde Drexler said Wednesday he did not make comments about Magic Johnson that were attributed to him in a book scheduled for publication next week.”
Jack McCallum, former Sports Illustrated reporter, included a section that was published on Deadspin.com in regards to attitudes about Johnson, who returned to basketball shortly after his diagnosis with the HIV virus. Its headline read, “Everybody on the Dream Team Felt Sorry for Magic because They were Waiting for Him to Die.”
According to the Houston Chronicle, “Drexler, however, said he denies making those statements to McCallum and has informed McCallum and Johnson that he was quoted inaccurately.”
Drexler said, ‘I have nothing but love and respect for Magic Johnson and all that he has accomplished in basketball and in life. I always took pride in being a great teammate throughout my career and I would never have made the statements that were reported in Jack McCallum’s book.”
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