ESPN to show Magic Johnson's 'Announcement'

Fri, Feb 10

In one of the most shocking news conferences in sports history, Magic Johnson told the world he was HIV-positive on Nov. 7, 1991. Now, a little more than 20 years later, director Nelson George will tell the story behind the historic moment with the help of Johnson and Johnson's family, friends and NBA luminaries.

"The Announcement" premieres on ESPN and ESPN HD on 9 p.m. March 11.

Johnson provides a unique perspective on the story by narrating the documentary in his own words. He speaks openly and honestly about his intrapersonal journey on the life-altering news he received two decades ago.

"Was I scared? No question about it I was scared," Johnson says during the documentary. "I wasn't scared to announce it. I wasn't scared of the media. What I was scared of is … would I see them again?"

The documentary, presented by ESPN Films and NBA Entertainment, also includes insights from those close to Johnson, including wife Cookie, son Andre, NBA commissioner David Stern and friends Larry Bird, Karl Malone, Chris Rock and Arsenio Hall.

"I always want to get to the arena, get my uniform on and get out there, but I didn't want to that day," Bird said about hearing the news that day. "I wanted no part of that game that night."