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"OUTSIDE THE LINES" EXAMINES THE ROLE OF AIDS IN SPORTS
Published March 12, 1996
ESPN's "Outside the Lines" examined sports and the HIV virus. The program featured segments on Tommy Morrison, Magic Johnson, triathlete Jim Howley, Greg Louganis, and Grant Lewis, a 7th grader banished from participating in sports because he is HIV-positive. Morrison: "It really doesn't matter where I got it. I think what I do from this point on is what people are going to judge me by and I just need to do everything I can to make sure people don't make the same mistake." Mary Ann Grabavoy reported on how AIDS affects athletes in all sports, noting that experts agree the chances of contracting AIDS in competition are "extremely remote." Still, Centers for Disease Control experts estimate that one in every 200 college-aged men are HIV- positive. That translates into approximately 30 athletes competing now in boxing, the NFL, the NBA, and the NHL. Nets forward Jayson Williams, who had two sisters die from AIDS, was also featured (ESPN, 3/11).