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Carl Nassib becomes first active NFL player to come out as gay

On Monday, Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib made history, becoming the first active NFL player to come out as gay.

“What’s up people?” Nassib said in a video posted to his Instagram account. “I’m at my house here 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 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 really 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 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 and I’m going to start by donating $100,000 to the Trevor Project.”

The Trevor Project, which Nassib said he plans to partner with, provides suicide prevention services and crisis intervention to the LGBTQ community.

Nassib, who enters his sixth year in the league, had 2.5 sacks for the Raiders in 2020 and 20.5 in his career. Defensive end Michael Sam became the first openly gay player to be drafted when the Rams took him in the seventh round in 2014, but never played in a regular-season game.

The Raiders supported Nassib on Twitter, posting, “Proud of you, Carl,” with a black heart emoji.

In his caption on Instagram, Nassib wrote that he is eager to speak out and advocate for the LGBTQ community.

“I feel an immense responsibility to help in any way I can — and you can too,” Nassib wrote. “Studies have shown that all it takes is one accepting adult to decrease the risk of an LGBTQ kid attempting suicide by 40%. Whether you’re a friend, a parent, a coach, or a teammate — you can be that person.”



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