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Carl Nassib, a defensive lineman for the Las Vegas Raiders, appeared on Monday as the NFL’s first openly gay active player.
The 28-year-old announced this in an Instagram video.
“I just wanted to say briefly that I am gay. I’ve wanted to do this for a while, but finally I’m comfortable getting it off my chest. I really have the best life, the best family, the best friends and the best job you could ever want. ”
“I’m a pretty private person so I hope you guys know that I’m not doing this for attention,” he said. “I just think representation and visibility are so important. I actually hope that one day such videos and the whole coming-out process will no longer be necessary, but until then I will do my best and my part to foster an accepting and compassionate culture. “
Nassib also announced a donation of $ 100,000 to the Trevor Charitable Project. “They are an incredible organization, they are the number 1 suicide prevention service for LGBTQ youth in America,” he said.
While a number of NFL players have come out gay after retiring, Nassib is the first active NFL player to do so. Michael Sam came out gay before the 2014 NFL Draft, but didn’t make it to the then St. Louis Rams’ regular season roster.
Nassib played in college at Penn State and was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 2016. He also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before signing a three-year deal for $ 25 million with the Raiders in 2020. In five NFL seasons he has 5/20. recorded sacks.
“Proud of you, Carl,” tweeted the Raiders’ official Twitter account late Monday.