Michael Irvin Comes Out For Equality

michaelirvinThe former Cowboys wide receiver is on the cover of Out magazine this month, and the interview inside concerns his support for marriage equality. He is taking a stand, based on his relationship with his brother, Vaughn, who died in 2006. Irvin found out his brother was gay in the 1970s, which, he says, led to some of his bad behavior, as he tried to come to grips with his own hang-ups. It’s a revealing and honest look at Irvin. Two money quotes:

“And 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? I’m certainly not making excuses for my bad decisions. But I had to dive inside of me to find out why am I making these decisions, and that came up.”


“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. No one should be telling you who you should love, no one should be telling you who you should be spending the rest of your life with. When we start talking about equality, and everybody being treated equally, I don’t want to know an African-American who will say everybody doesn’t deserve equality.”


  • Dmar

    Whatever it takes to keep your name in the news and land a new radio gig is fair game I suppose.

  • mhassett03

    Bravo, Mr. Irvin. Are you interested in a WR Coach position by any chance?

  • 1Zima2Many

    Gimme a break! When I learned my brother is gay, it “led me to come to grips with some of my hangups” (which I have now done), and I didn’t use that as an excuse for doing mountains of cocaine, keeping a staff of hookers on retainer, and wearing really, really awful suits.

    Dmar hit it on the head – just more publicity-mongering.

  • OK, publicity-mongering or not, it’s still good to hear he’s on the right side of the issue. Now, somebody — anybody! — please say something about that photo.

  • Amy

    Who ever photoshopped that thing needs to find another line of work.The person that approved that photo to go to print should be fired.

  • Krystal

    I guess some people will do anything for some good press. I am a transgender entertainer in the Dallas area and was hired to perform at a birthday party in downtown Dallas a little over a month ago. Irvin was in attendance and was extremely rude to myself and a coworker while we were at the party surprising not only us but several of the guests that observed his awful behavior. I guess Im a little reluctant to believe he cares anything about our rights when he can be so awful to two fellow human beings.

  • Rico

    Ok. It looks like a picture of someone desperate for attention.


  • Leanne

    Desperately trying to stay relevant. Not buying this for even a second. Go back under your rock Mr. Irvin.

  • Supporting gay rights is one thing. Oiling up your abs and pulling down your pants so gay men can fantasize about doing a post route on you is another. I’ll take the latter!

  • Liz Landry

    @Tim I would say that a cover like this is pretty common on A LOT of magazines. GQ had one of Dwayne Wade in his boxers and no shirt; and one of Kobe in shorts; and Michael Phelps in an open shirt. and so on and so on. Plus, OUT has also used these shoulder pads before sans shirt, so I imagine they know what sells to their audience and Irvin may have wanted to show he’s still got his body. lol. I guess I don’t understand why it matters…. seems a little double standard, and “how-dare-this-macho-guy do this.” No one questioned Britney Spears support of gay rights because she put on a bareyly-there leotard and showed off her flexibility on her OUT cover. Every single famous person does magazine interviews because they are trying to get attention and stay relevant. That’s the point. I imagine that Irvin in addition to those reasons, also knows that football and the NFL can be a hard place to be gay. So, someone like him coming out in support might actually start a conversation. But, even if that isn’t his intent, and everyone thinks I am giving him too much credit, it could be one of the benefits to his article. IMO

  • @Liz Landry: I’m confused. You seem to think I was complaining. I wasn’t. I was saying that I thought Michael looks yummy. By oiling up and tugging at his britches, he clearly was attempting to look yummy. My point: his attempt was successful. He looks yummy.

  • I was actually talking about that rustic fence behind him. Seems very controversial.

  • toni

    kudos to him

  • monica valadez

    He’s fake after mistreating 2 transgender entertainer ats Dallas! Ask Krystal Summers and Erica Andrews themselves!

  • B. L. Powell

    The shirtlessness is utterly gratuitous. Is showing his bare chest, knowing he’ll be ogled by gay men, supposed to demonstrate how comfortable he’s become with the issue of gay rights? He’d get the same reaction in a sharp suit and a pocket square (see Tom Ford), especially if this article was to be taken seriously. Or maybe even a headshot. (Case in point.) Besides, he’s not even in good shape. Perhaps he should have referred to past covers.

  • Daniel

    Micheal Irvin is trash!!! Krystal is much more influential than he, OUT magazine has lost all credibility I’m canceling my subscription! Team Krystal!!!

  • RAB

    Dude clearly has unresolved issues (“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?”).

    The pose is obviously an ironic (or subconscious?) take on the old Chicago voting mandate: come hither, come early, come often.

    So to speak.

  • mike p

    just another grandiose addict

  • Jackwagon

    I’d rather know when production of the latest season of Forth and Long is going to start!

  • Eric Celeste

    Post route! HE’S STILL GOT IT!

  • RW

    Despite all the negative comments, he is highlighting a very real problem that should be addressed in sports and the AA community. Yes, he is flawed, which is largely what makes his commentary on the subject relevant in the first place. If he was some flawless athlete, nobody would care. So call him out for grandstanding, publicity-seeking, etc. but if he can influence just a few people in a positive way, great.

    As far as further condemning him being rude to a couple of lovely ladies… that comment is totally irrelevant without more context. Personally, I am not a huge fan of Michael Irvin. I grew up within a mile of where he lived in the 90s (I was on the wrong side of the tracks, literally) and saw all kinds of interesting weirdness go down. He may even be responsible for me losing all faith in athletes as being idol-worthy as a kid. But he is human, despite what everyone expects him to be. I think I may like him more now than I did as a kid.

  • ts

    He didn’t run a post route, he ran a deep out.

  • Liz Landry

    @Tim Not complaining, but saying that he is is either supporting gay rights or just trying to look yummy and then saying it’s the latter is questioning why he chose to come OUT on this issue/cover. I was simply pointing out that 1) his cover wouldn’t be that big of a deal if he were looking yummy for a different set of viewers and that 2) he can be both the former and the latter, no need to choose. But, that is what I get for trying to divine what your intent was by parsing a few words. And, I have to agree, he does look yummy. ha

  • Andrew

    Once again, the “editors” of D magazine chose to be homophobic. Old news. Regarding the appearance of Michael Irvin on the cover of “Out” they even managed to work in a reference to crisco. Honestly, how juvenile can you be?