earvin 3rd cookie magic*Earvin Johnson III may be looking to showcase his lifestyle to the world, but NBA legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson and his wife Cookie are urging their son to say “No” to reality TV.

E.J. came out of the closet this year after a photograph of him and his reported boyfriend surfaced. Since his unveiling, he’s been doing interviews and taking to social media sharing plans of being a voice for gay youth on a reality TV show.

“Magic and (his wife) Cookie say they’re very proud of EJ, but they’re also realistic,” a family friend told The National Enquirer.

“They know there are folks out there who still hate gay people, and it would break their hearts to hear their son got attacked or even injured just for being himself,” said the family friend.

E.J. actually came out to his parents when he was only 13. Now as a 21-year-old openly gay man, he claims he’s getting nasty emails containing threats.

This has Magic and his wife worried for their son’s safety.

“Magic knows firsthand how horrible the public can be,” said the family friend.

“After revealing that he was HIV-positive in 1991, he was ridiculed by the public, and some NBA players protested when he played before his final retirement.

“To this day, he still gets derogatory comments about his sexuality.

“Magic and Cookie want to protect EJ so he doesn’t experience the same hurtful things they did. They’re hoping he takes their advice to continue to live his life to the fullest – just not on TV.”