*It was a controversial move, but a bold one retired NFL star Michael Irvin recently made when he posed for the cover of a popular gay magazine, “Out.”
In the article, the football player opens up about his struggle with his gay brother, whom he says changed his perspective on the gay community.
The former Dallas Cowboys and hall of fame wide receiver also shed light about what life might be like for a gay player in the NFL today.
Irvin shared that although he learned of his brother’s homosexuality in the 70s when he saw him wearing women’s clothes, he credits his womanizing behavior to trying to cover up or prove that he was not gay.
“Through it all, we realized maybe some of the issues I’ve had with so many women, just bringing women around so everybody can see, maybe that’s the residual of the fear I had that if my brother is wearing ladies’ clothes, am I going to be doing that? Is it genetic?” Irvin says in the “Out” cover story.
Later, Irvin explains that it was his father, Walter, who helped him accept his brother’s sexual orientation, and even calls on the African American community to support gay marriage.
“I don’t see how any African-American, with any inkling of history, can say that you don’t have the right to live your life how you want to live your life,” he said.