WATCH: Raiders Defensive End Carl Nassib Becomes First Active NFL player to Come Out as Gay
By ESPN.com // June 22, 2021
nassib was drafted 3rd round of the 2016 NFL Draft by Tampa Bay
ABOVE VIDEO: Las Vegas Raiders DE Carl Nassib became the first active NFL player to come out as gay when he made the announcement and pledged a $100,000 donation to the Trevor Project.
(ESPN.com) – Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib on Monday became the first active NFL player to come out as gay.
Reaction to Nassib’s announcement was immediate throughout the NFL and sports world overall.
In a statement, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the league “is proud of Carl for courageously sharing his truth today.”
“Representation matters,” Goodell said. “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.”
NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith added: “Our union supports Carl and his work with the Trevor Project is proof that he — like our membership — is about making his community and this world a better place not for themselves, but for others.”
Proud of you, Carl 🖤 pic.twitter.com/R9aJxYFefW
— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) June 21, 2021
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