© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Las Vegas Raiders defensive finish Carl Nassib celebrates on the finish of the sport towards the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, U.S. November 8, 2020. Obligatory Credit score: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports activities/File Photograph
(Reuters) -Las Vegas Raiders’ defensive finish Carl Nassib stated on Monday he was homosexual, making him the primary energetic Nationwide Soccer League participant to come back out publicly.
“I simply needed to take a fast second to say that I am homosexual,” Nassib, 28, stated in a video he posted to Instagram. “I have been which means to do that for some time now however I lastly really feel comfy sufficient to get it off my chest,” he stated.
His announcement, which comes throughout Delight month, was greeted with help from the league and his crew, which praised his braveness.
“I hope that at some point movies like this and the entire popping out course of are simply not needed,” Nassib stated.
In 2014, Michael Sam grew to become the primary brazenly homosexual participant drafted to the NFL when he was chosen by the St. Louis Rams however was later reduce and by no means performed in an everyday season sport within the league.
In an effort to domesticate a extra accepting and compassionate tradition, Nassib stated he was donating $100,000 to the Trevor Challenge, a suicide prevention service for LGBT+ youth in the USA.
After Nassib’s video made headlines on Monday, the participant took to social media once more to specific his “gratitude and reduction.”
“Sadly, I’ve agonized over this second for the final 15 years,” he stated earlier than thanking the league, his coaches and fellow gamers for his or her help.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stated he too hoped that at some point, gamers saying they have been homosexual would not be newsworthy.
“The NFL household is pleased with Carl for courageously sharing his reality at this time,” Goodell stated in an announcement.
The Raiders additionally voiced their help for Nassib. “Pleased with you, Carl,” the crew posted on Twitter.
Nassib performed at Penn State earlier than being drafted by the Cleveland Browns within the third spherical of the 2016 draft. He performed for the Browns and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier than signing with the Raiders forward of the 2020 season.
A handful of former NFL gamers have come out after they retired starting with operating again David Kopay, who stated he was homosexual in 1975.
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