Irvin Demands Cowboys to Support Gay Player

Michael IrvinThe NFL is still expecting its first candidly gay player. Hall of Fame WR Michael Irvin considers his 1990s Cowboys title teams would have offered a secure port for a gay player to get out of the closet.

Irvin tells Out magazine that, “I believe, if a teammate had said he was gay, we would have integrated him and kept moving because of the closeness, we had a bunch of different characters on that team. Deion and Emmitt. I believe that team would have handled it well.”

Irvin was interrogated and photographed by Out while conversing his late brother, Vaughn, who was a gay. Irvin admired his brother and says he would candidly support any gay player.

Irvin added, “If anyone comes out in those top four major sports, I will absolutely support him, that’s why I do my radio show every day. When these issues come out, I want to have a voice to speak about them. I think growth comes when we share. Until we do that, we’re going to be stuck in the Dark Ages about a lot of things. When a guy steps up and says, ‘This is who I am,’ I guarantee you I’ll give him 100% supports.”

Irvin, who too works for NFL Network went on to say, “I’m not gay, but I was afraid to even let anyone have the thought. I can only imagine the agony — being a prisoner in your own mind — for someone who wants to come out. If I’m not gay and I am afraid to mention it, I can only imagine what an athlete must be going through if he is gay.”

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