by Chris Bodenner
A reader writes:
Michael Irvin is also quite the badass. In his Dallas Cowboys days (as recounted in Jeff Pearlman’s excellent Boys Will Be Boys), Irvin was the ringleader of the most poorly behaved professional sports team of all time – rampant cocaine use, repeated rape charges, prostitution, etc. To top it all off, Irvin actually stabbed a teammate in the neck because the teammate would not let Irvin get his haircut first. He was the ringleader of the similarly ill-behaved University of Miami team while in college.
In light of his gansta cred and past transgressions, this revelation may have even more potential to reach certain communites than you describe.
The whole Out profile is worth your time. Another snippet:
Growing up, Irvin greatly admired his [gay] brother Vaughn, who was a successful bank manager while still living in “the ’hood,” says Irvin. That success made him “God” in his younger brother’s eyes. “He was the smartest, most charismatic man I’d ever seen in my life. We would all say, ‘Can you believe — white people put Vaughn in charge of all that money?!’
(Photo: Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin answers questions to the media five days before Super Bowl XXVIII, a 30-13 victory over the Buffalo Bills on January 30, 1994, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. By Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)