Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin says his womanizing may have stemmed from seeing an older brother whom he idolized dressed as a woman and learning the brother was gay. In the latest issue of Out magazine , Irvin said he was 12 when he discovered his older brother Vaughn's secret life. He said his father told him: "Yes, that's your brother. And you love your brother. Irvin said carrying the burden of Vaughn's secret gives him a hint of how tough it must be for a gay athlete to hide his orientation in a locker room.
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Michael Jerome Irvin born March 5, is an American sports commentator and former professional football wide receiver. He spent his entire year National Football League NFL career with the team, before it ended due to a spinal cord injury. Irvin was nicknamed " the Playmaker " due to his penchant for making big plays in big games during his college and pro careers. He is one of three key Cowboys offensive players who helped the team attain three Super Bowl wins: he is known as one of "The Triplets" along with Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith.
Michael Irvin on the cover of 'Out,' talks about his gay brother, supports gay marriage
Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Irvin has given a fascinating interview to Cyd Zeigler of Out magazine, offering wide-ranging thoughts about how the football world would react to a gay player coming out. When these issues come out, I want to have a voice to speak about them. I think growth comes when we share. Irvin says the Dallas Cowboys of the s would have been accepting of a gay player in the locker room.
As an avid supporter of same sex marriage, it is a breath of fresh air to see a well known athlete from the past come forth and express his support in the equal rights of homosexuals as well. He says that he found out his brother was gay sometime in the s when he found him wearing women's clothing. He was rattled by the experience and has since figured out that it contributed to his own womanizing behavior. With fans struggling with the idea of the homosexual superstar athlete, there has been a lot of debate flying around about whether or not men in these respected leagues would allow and respect a gay player.