Carl Nassib becomes first openly gay NFL active player

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Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib made history on Monday when he became the first active player in the openly gay NFL.

Nassib made the announcement in an Instagram post.

“I just wanted to take a moment to say I’m gay,” Nassib said in a video recording. “I’ve wanted to do this for a while now, but I finally feel comfortable freeing myself from the chest. I really have the best life, the best family, the best friends and the best job a guy can. request.

“I’m a pretty private person, so I hope you know I’m not doing this for attention. I just think representation and visibility are so important. I actually hope that someday videos like this and the whole release process won’t be necessary, but until then I’ll do my best and my part to cultivate a culture that accepts and empathizes. “

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Nassib added that he was donating $ 100,000 to the Trevor Project, which he called “America’s # 1 suicide prevention service for LGBTQ youth.”

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement: “The NFL family is proud of Carl for courageously sharing his truth today. Representation matters. We share his hope that one day soon statements will be made. like hers will no longer be newsworthy as we march towards full equality for the LGBTQ + community. We wish Carl the best of luck in the season ahead. “

Nassib, 28, is a five-year NFL veteran who was selected in the third round of the 2016 Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He played college football at Penn State. Nassib is entering his second season as a backup defensive end for the Raiders and spent 2018-19 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

He played 14 games last season, including five as a starter. He has 20 1/2 career sacks.

“We are in 2021. Even more power for Carl,” said Raiders owner Mark Davis. ESPN. “It doesn’t change my opinion of him as a person or as a Raider.”

Nassib could become the first openly gay player to play in an NFL regular season game. Former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam came out in 2014 before being selected in the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams, but he was not selected for the final list of 53 players. Several NFL players came out after retirement.

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