ESPN document reveals Barry Bremen’s secret

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Barry Bremen gained national attention as an NBA All-Star, an MLB World Series umpire, an NFL referee, and as a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader. These stunts and many others earned Bremen the nickname “The Great Trickster”.

While that legacy is forever etched in sports history, Bremen was secretly building another that has only just become public knowledge 11 years after his death from esophageal cancer in 2011, on his 64th birthday.

More than three dozen people have learned through sperm donation that Bremen — a Detroit native who worked as an insurance salesman when he wasn’t sneaking into iconic gyms — is their biological father. That story is covered at length in the latest episode of ESPN’s “E60,” which premiered Tuesday.

Barry Bremen once posed as a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader.  Supposedly the only man to ever appear as one, his

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The documentary, titled “The Great Con and Me,” was written and narrated by 11-time Emmy Award winner Jeremy Schaap and is told largely through Bremen’s wife, Margot, the three children they raised — and the biological children , which Bremen has never met.

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