Former NFL player and Hall of Fame wide receiver MIchael Irving covers the most recent issue of OUT Magazine. In the article Irving talks about his brother Vaughn who was gay and also discusses why he supports gay marriage.
According to Irving he found out that his brother was gay in the 1970′s one day when he was driving with his father and they saw Vaughn leaving their home dressed in women’s clothes.
As Walter drove up Northwest 27th Avenue, about to turn onto 16th Street, his son noticed a man who looked just like his older brother, Vaughn, walking away from their house toward “all the craziness in the ’hood,” Irvin remembers. It couldn’t be Vaughn: “This man was wearing women’s clothes.” But it was. “My brother had a very distinctive walk,” he says.
Irvin couldn’t believe his eyes. He turned to his father. “My dad looked back at me and said, ‘Yes, that’s your brother. And you love your brother.’ ”
In the article, Irving also discusses his own battles with drugs and how he is overcoming those things with the help of Bishop T.D. Jakes. Irving is a member of Jakes’ Potter House church in Dallas, Texas.
As someone who has played sports for the majority of his life, Irving says that he would accept any athlete who came out and said that he was gay.
“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% support.”