Raiders ER Carl Nassib Comes Out as Gay
Las Vegas Raiders edge rusher Carl Nassib has become the first active NFL player to come out as gay.
"What's up people," Nassib said in a video posted on Instagram. "I'm at my house in West Chester, Pennsylvania. I just wanted to take a quick moment to say that I'm gay. I've been meaning to do this for a while now, but finally feel comfortable getting it off my chest. I really have the best life, the best family, friends and job a guy can ask for.
"I'm a pretty private person so I hope you guys know that I'm not doing this for attention. I just think that representation and visibility are so important. I actually hope that one day, videos like this and the whole coming out process are not necessary, but until then I will do my best and my part to cultivate a culture that's accepting and compassionate and I'm going to start by donating $100,000 to the Trevor Project. They're an incredible organization, they're the number one suicide-prevention service for LGBTQ youth in America."
Nassib added more in a written statement: "Hey everyone, happy Pride Month. Right now, I am sitting in a moment of gratitude and relief. Sadly, I have agonized over this moment for the last 15 years. Only until recently, thanks to my family and friends, especially Connor, Cason, and Francis, did it seem possible for me to say publicly and proudly that I'm gay. I am also incredibly thankful for the NFL, my coaches, and fellow players for their support. I would not have been able to do this without them. From the jump, I was greeted with the utmost respect and attendance." Nassib went on to talk more about The Trevor Project and the suicide prevention services they offer to the LGBTQ community.
Nassib, 28, was a third-round draft pick by Cleveland out of Penn State in 2016. He has 20.5 sacks in five NFL seasons with the Browns, Buccaneers, and Raiders, including 2.5 in 14 games with Las Vegas last season.