Las Vegas Raiders defensive lineman Carl Nassib has made history. He’s now the first active NFL player to come out as gay. Nassib made the announcement in an Instagram post saying he’s been meaning to do it for a while, but now feels comfortable.
Nassib added he is a private person and isn’t doing it for the attention, noting that “representation and visibility are important.” “I actually hope that like one day, videos like this and the whole coming-out process are just not necessary,” he adds. “But until then, I’m going to do my best and do my part to cultivate a culture that’s accepting, that’s compassionate.”
As part of that, he’s donating 100-thousand dollars to the Trevor Project, which focuses on preventing suicides by LGBTQ youth.
- The 28-year-old is entering his sixth season, his second with the Raiders. He previously played for Cleveland and Tampa Bay. He has 20-and-a-half career sacks.
- The reaction to Nassib’s news? Overwhelmingly positive – from his teammates, to the NFL and most importantly, fans.
- ONE MORE THING! If you’re thinking, “What about Michael Sam?” Back in 2014, he was the first openly gay player to be drafted in NFL – he was picked up by the Rams, who took him 249th He was cut by the team at the end of training camp that year and never played a regular-season game in the NFL.
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