Las Vegas Raiders defensive finish Carl Nassib made historical past Monday by popping out as the primary energetic brazenly homosexual NFL participant.
Nassib made the announcement in an Instagram submit.
“I simply needed to take a fast second to say that I’m homosexual,” Nassib stated in a video recording. “I’ve been which means to do that for some time now however lastly really feel comfy getting it off my chest. I actually have the most effective life, the most effective household, buddies and job a man can ask for.
“I’m a reasonably non-public individual, so I hope you guys know that I’m not doing this for consideration. I simply suppose that illustration and visibility are so essential. I truly hope that in the future, movies like this and the entire popping out course of are usually not vital, however till then I’ll do my greatest and my half to domesticate a tradition that’s accepting and compassionate.”
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Nassib added that he’s donating $100,000 to the Trevor Venture, which he referred to as “the No. 1 suicide prevention service for LGBTQ youth in America.”
Stated NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in a press release: “The NFL household is happy with Carl for courageously sharing his reality in the present day. Illustration issues. We share his hope that sometime quickly statements like his will not newsworthy as we march towards full equality for the LGBTQ+ group. We want Carl the most effective of luck this coming season.”
Nassib, 28, is a five-year NFL veteran who was chosen within the third spherical of the 2016 draft by the Cleveland Browns. He performed faculty soccer at Penn State. Nassib is getting into his second season as a backup defensive finish for the Raiders and spent 2018-19 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
He appeared in 14 video games final season, together with 5 as a starter. He has 20 1/2 profession sacks.
“It is 2021. All of the extra energy to Carl,” Raiders proprietor Mark Davis instructed ESPN. “It would not change my opinion of him as an individual or as a Raider.”
Nassib may grow to be the primary brazenly homosexual participant to play in an NFL regular-season recreation. Former Missouri defensive finish Michael Sam got here out in 2014 earlier than being chosen within the seventh spherical by the St. Louis Rams, however he didn’t make the lower for the ultimate 53-man roster. A number of NFL gamers have come out after they retired.
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