Las Vegas Raiders defensive finish Carl Nassib grew to become the primary energetic participant in league historical past to return out that he’s homosexual.
On Monday afternoon, Nassib made the announcement on his Instagram from his residence in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
“I simply needed to take a fast second to say that I’m homosexual,” Nassib stated by way of Outsports.com. “I’ve been which means to do that for some time now however lastly really feel comfy getting it off my chest. I actually have a perfect life, the perfect household, buddies, and job a man can ask for.
“I’m a reasonably personal individual so I hope you guys know that I’m not doing this for consideration. I simply suppose that illustration and visibility are so vital,” Nassib continued. “I really hope that at some point, movies like this and the entire popping-out course of are usually not crucial, however till then I’ll do my greatest and my half to domesticate a tradition that’s accepting and compassionate.”
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Nassib additionally stated that he’s donating $100,000 to The Trevor Mission, which is the “world’s largest suicide prevention and disaster intervention group for LGBTQ+ youth.”
“I’m very excited to be part of it and assist in any means that I can and I’m actually pumped to see what the long run holds,” Nassib concluded.
The Raiders’ Instagram web page confirmed help for Nassib by commenting two black coronary heart emojis on his submit.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell additionally launched an announcement concerning Nassib.
“The NFL household is happy with Carl for courageously sharing his reality in the present day,” Goodell stated. “Illustration issues. We share his hope that sometimes quick statements like his will not be newsworthy as we march towards full equality for the LGBTQ+ neighborhood. We want Carl the perfect of luck this coming season.”
Raiders head coach Jon Gruden additionally reacted to the information.
“I discovered a very long time in the past what makes a person totally different is what makes him nice,”
Nassib, a Penn State product, is coming into his sixth season within the NFL and his second with the Raiders. He additionally frolicked on the Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Nassib has 20.5 sacks in his profession.
No overtly homosexual or bisexual participant has ever performed a down within the league. Again in 2014, Michael Sam was drafted into the NFL, however, he by no means made a roster spot.