Raiders DE Carl Nassib Comes Out As Gay

Las Vegas Raiders DE Carl Nassib has announced via his Instagram account that he is gay. He is the first active NFL player in history to announce that he is gay.

Carl Nassib

“What’s up people,” Nassib said. “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 and they’re truly doing incredible things. I’m very excited to be a part of it and help in any way that I can and I’m really pumped to see what the future holds.

Nassib plans to donate $100,000 to the Trevor Project, which is a nonprofit organization that focuses on suicide prevention programs for LGBT youth.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell issued the following statement: 

Nassib, 28, is a former third-round pick of the Browns back in 2016. He was in the third year of his four-year, $3.59 million rookie contract when Cleveland waived him coming out of the 2018 preseason. 

He was quickly claimed by the Buccaneers and finished out his rookie deal. Nassib signed with the Raiders last offseason and is set to enter the second year of his three-year, $25 million deal. 

In 2020, Nassib appeared in 14 games and recorded 28 tackles, five tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, one interception, and five pass defenses. 

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