A woman who said she had a brief relationship with Magic Johnson at the height of his NBA career has reportedly claimed the former Los Angeles Lakers player is the father of her 35-year-old son.
According to Radar Online, an Atlanta woman by the name of Renee Perkins has come forward with the claim that she had a child from an early 1980s relationship with basketball great Earvin “Magic” Johnson, who allegedly took off after Perkins revealed her pregnancy to him.
Perkins told Radar Online that she raised her son Chauncey on her own despite several attempts to prove Johnson’s paternity. She also said that Johnson’s “advisor” Dr. Charles Tucker tried to convince her to abort the child. “[Dr. Tucker] told me I really had to get an abortion, and that Magic was not going to be with me because he had his career to worry about,” she said.
But Perkins said she was determined to have the child, despite her disappointment and fear. “It tore me apart because I really didn’t want to have or raise a child on my own.”
Perkins said she continued to raise her son alone through the years, with neither contact nor financial support from Johnson. Chauncey, who is 35 years old today, works in real estate in Atlanta, Georgia, where he lives.
In 1982, Perkins reportedly filed a paternity suit naming Johnson as the father but dropped the suit before it reached a conclusion — because she couldn’t afford an attorney.
Three years later, Perkins says she had a phone conversation with Johnson in which he allegedly confirmed his paternity and consented to a blood test. These claims however are called into question by the lack of documented proof of paternity — including the 1985 blood test the results of which are non-existent.
Perkins claims that the paternity results were lost due to several relocations on the part of the lab that conducted the test.
Johnson has not commented publicly on Perkins claims, but has spoken on the record previously about the numerous romantic and sexual relationships that took place during his basketball career. Johnson also has a son Andre who was born around the same time in 1981 from his relationship with Melissa Mitchell.
In 1991 Johnson married Earlitha Kelly and together have two children E.J. and Elisa. Later that year Johnson publicly revealed that he is HIV positive.