Las Vegas Raiders defensive lineman Carl Nassib became the first active player in NFL history to confess his homosexuality on Monday.
The 28-year-old made the announcement in a video posted to his Instagram account.
“I just wanted to take a moment to let you know I’m gay,” he said. I’ve wanted to do it for a long time, but I finally feel comfortable enough to share it. I really have the best life, the best family, the best friends and the best job a guy could ask for. ”
“I’m a pretty private person, so I don’t do it for attention. I just believe it’s important for visibility and representation. I really hope that one day videos like this and the whole process of coming out are no longer needed, but until we get there, I will do my best to foster a culture of acceptance and compassion, starting with a donation of $ 100,000 to the Trevor Project. It’s an amazing organization, the best for suicide prevention for youth in the LGBTQ community in the United States. ”
Nassib was a third-round pick (65e overall) of the Cleveland Browns in 2016. The Penn State University product is set to begin his sixth season in the NFL and his second in the Raiders’ organization, he who also spent two years with the Browns and two more with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In 73 career games, he had 20.5 sacks, one interception and three fumbles, in addition to recovering one.
A wave of unconditional love
If the main interested party was not necessarily looking to attract attention with his statement, he still received an avalanche of messages of support and acceptance on social networks, him whose name was on everyone’s lips in the sports world. at the start of the evening.
“The NFL family is proud of Carl, who shared his reality today,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a league statement. The performance deserves our attention. We share his hope that one day statements like the one he made will no longer be worthy of the headlines as we fight for equal rights for the LGBTQ community. ”
“It’s 2021. I give Carl a lot of credit,” Raiders owner Mark Davis told ESPN. It doesn’t change my opinion of him as a person and as a Raider. ”
“We are proud of you Carl,” the Nevada team mentioned on his Twitter account, accompanied by a black heart, one of the main colors of the team.