Michael Irvin tells magazine his brother was gay

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Associated Press

Posted on July 12, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 12 at 3:01 PM

DALLAS (AP) — Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin tells a magazine that his womanizing may stem from seeing an older brother whom he idolized dressed as a woman and learning the brother was gay.

In the latest issue of Out magazine, Irvin says he feared Vaughn Irvin's sexual orientation would become publicized and would shame the family. He also feared that he was gay, adding that his fast living may have been to accentuate his heterosexuality.

Irvin and Vaughn remained close until Vaughn's death in 2006. He was 46 when he died of stomach cancer.

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