Dallas Cowboys

Michael Irvin Runs His Out Route

Drew Pearson just must be doing something newsy today, right?

The other receivers to wear No. 88 for the Cowboys are certainly holding up their end of the bizarre bargain. Dez Bryant stiffs a memorabilia show in Jersey and now Michael Irvin appears on the cover of Out magazine defending and promising to embrace gay athletes.

In this month's cover story, Irvin, one of the most notorious womanizers in the history of Dallas-Fort Worth sports, talks about his gay brother, Vaughn, who died of cancer in 2006. Irvin maintains that Vaughn's sexual orientation made him question his own, perhaps even pushing him to constantly prove and overstate his heterosexuality by forging relationships with multiple women.

"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?"

In the article Irvin also raises eyebrows and skepticism with a couple of controversial comments.

He says he will absolutely "100 percent" support a gay athlete who comes out in one of the four major sports. And he claims that the 1990s Cowboys that won three Super Bowls in four years would have seamlessly integrated a gay player into their locker room.

Couple of things here:

*I have a gay younger brother. Yes, he was born that way. I wasn't. But somehow his sexual disposition didn't make me go out and become a reckless, historic philanderer. On second thought, maybe all of us with homosexual siblings should reconsider it a free pass and get promiscuous crazy tonight?

*How can Irvin be both open to embracing a gay athlete and be a faithful follower in the flock of Potter's House bishop T.D. Jakes? It is Jakes, remember, who -- even after his son, Jermaine, was arrested in a gay sex sting in Dallas -- calls homosexuality "brokenness" and promises to never hire a gay person into his sprawling ministry.

*Irvin has guts, I'll give him that. Not only is the cover of Out usually reserved for homosexuals, but he posed shirtless and with his thumb playfully pulling down his britches.

Drew, your move.