Carl Nassib, a defensive lineman with the Las Vegas Raiders, became the first active NFL player in league history to come out as a gay man.
Nassib said Monday in a video in Instagram
“What’s up, people I’m Carl Nassib. I’m at my house here in Westchester, 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 I finally feel comfortable enough to get it off my chest.
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 just not necessary.
But until then, I’m going to do my best and do my part to cultivate a culture that’s accepting, that’s compassionate.”
He said in a statement accompanying the video that he had agonized over the decision to announce he was gay for 15 years.
Nassib, 28, is entering his second season with the Raiders.
ConDRAGulations, Carl! The world needs more to stand up and be counted.
Bravo to NFL player Carl Nassib for coming out and donating 100K to The Trevor Project, which helps LGBTQ youth. He's 6'7". Calm down pic.twitter.com/9UsNveloe3— Paul Rudnick (@PaulRudnickNY) June 22, 2021
(Photo, Instagram; via CNN)