Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib came out as gay on Monday afternoon through a video he posted on the photo and video sharing social networking service Instagram. This makes Nassib, 28, the first openly gay active player in NFL history.
Nassib also donated $100,000 to the Trevor Project, a nonprofit organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth in the United States.
“What’s up people? I’m at my house here in West Chester, Pennsylvania. I just want to take a quick moment to say that I’m gay,” he said. “I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now, but I finally feel comfortable enough to get it off my chest. I really have the best life, I’ve got the best family, friends, and job a guy could 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.”
Nassib’s announcement drew a lot of reactions online. Check out some of the tweets below:
Proud of you, Carl 🖤 pic.twitter.com/R9aJxYFefW— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) June 21, 2021
Good for you Carl.— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) June 22, 2021
Glad you feel comfortable enough to share and hopefully someday these types of announcements will no longer be considered breaking news. https://t.co/eevr8cgRay
Meanwhile, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell lauded Nassib’s announcement.
“The NFL family is proud of Carl for courageously sharing his truth today,” Goodell said. “Representation matters. We share his hope that someday soon statements like his will no longer be newsworthy as we march toward full equality for the LGBTQ+ community. We wish Carl the best of luck this coming season.”
Nassib played college football at Penn State. Before playing for Las Vegas Raiders, he played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2018 and for the Cleveland Browns in 2016.