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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.


9 comments, Last at 25 Jun 2021, 8:41pm

1 good on ya

Much respect for the courage of Carl Nassib. In an ideal world, there would be neither a reason to announce such a thing, nor to hide it. But ours is not an ideal world. I assume Mr. Nassib understands and is prepared for the inevitable, hateful backlash that will ensue. And that is why I tip my cap, and wish him the best.

2 "Hateful backlash"? Are you…

"Hateful backlash"? Are you kidding? It's more likely that anyone who publicly criticized or made fun of him would be universally castigated, and then doxxed and fired from their job. I have seen nothing but praise and adoration for him so far. I wouldn't exactly call it "brave" to make a declaration that will draw almost universally positive reactions from every media outlet and commentator in the country.

Good for him for coming out, though! I'm sure it feels great to unburden himself of something he's hidden his whole life- no one should have to conceal or feel ashamed of their sexuality, and the fact that people feel increasingly comfortable coming out is a sign of great progress for our society. I'm guessing that his teammates will support him, and that the Raiders defense will be just fine (i.e. just as shitty as always ;-D ) going forward.

5 Acceptance

Yup. It's a quite common (educated middle-class especially) delusion that this battle has been won. The idea that gay people only get positive responses when they come out or that it's just not much of an issue these days is just not true. It shouldn't be a thing; it seems like it isn't with you or the people you know, which is great; but many young gay men in quite positive environments, all of whose friends are pretty clearly unprejudiced, find it incredibly hard to say: I'm different, and this difference will be a big part of how you and lots of other people see me.

And, by the way, lots of other people, and it's not completely clear which ones, think I'm disgusting or evil.

And lots of them aren't scared of saying it, in places you don't go.

6 Many of them aren't afraid…

In reply to by rfh1001

Many of them aren't afraid of saying it (or acting on their "beliefs") IRL, either. He has the protection of being a high-earning, high-public profile guy now, so it's a good first step, but that's all it is.

This fight hasn't been won until there's no need for announcements like this.

7 Raiders another first in equal rights

Tom Flores - first Latino QB, first Latino head coach / SB winner. Art Shell - first black head coach. (sorry Fritz Pollard, modern era) Amy Trask - first female chief executive. Carl Nassib - first openly gay player. Any Raider fan that has a problem with the Raiders diversity needs to go be a Redskins fan (the last team to integrate, with a racist name and logo) Al Davis would slap these people... 

9 Sadly

The Raiders have continually failed in the hiring/drafting part.  I would thrilled with a bunch of green skinned polysexuals, if they could tackle.