Tuesday June 22, 2021
As the first active NFL professional
“Just wanted to say briefly that I’m gay”
This moment “sadly” tormented Carl Nassib for more than half his life. Now the Las Vegas Raiders NFL pro has announced he’s gay. The reaction of those around him was consistently positive, reports Nassib and donates $ 100,000 at the same time.
Football professional Carl Nassib was the first active NFL player to make his homosexuality public in a highly acclaimed move. “What’s up, guys,” said the defensive end of the Las Vegas Raiders in a video posted on Instagram. “I just wanted to take a minute and say I’m gay. I’ve wanted to do this for a while and I’m finally comfortable getting rid of it.”
The 28-year-old thanked his family and friends for their support, through whom he recently felt it was possible to “say publicly and proudly that I am gay”. In the past 15 years, this moment “sadly” tormented him, he added in an accompanying text.
Nassib reported that he had received support from the NFL, his coaches and teammates. He was immediately greeted with “the greatest respect and acceptance”. He doesn’t take the step because he wants attention. “I just think that representation and visibility are so important,” he said. He will support the Trevor Project with $ 100,000. The organization runs a telephone counseling service for young LGBTQ people.
“The NFL family is proud of Carl for sharing his truth so courageously today,” said NFL boss Roger Goodell in a statement. “Representation is important. We share his hope that statements like his will one day no longer have newsworthiness as we march towards full equality for the LGBTQ + community. We wish Carl the best of luck for the season ahead.”
The wide-reaching reactions in the social networks were also predominantly positive and supportive. The Raiders commented, “Are proud of you Carl”. The post was shared by the Los Angeles Chargers and headed “Some things are bigger than a rivalry”. LGBTQ + community stakeholders praised the move as important and helpful.