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Raiders DE Carl Nassib Comes Out as Gay, Marking Big LGBTQ Win During Pride Month

Newsweek logo Newsweek 6/21/2021 Scott McDonald
Carl Nassib #94 of the Las Vegas Raiders celebrates a 31-26 win over the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium on November 08, 2020 in Inglewood, California. © Photo by Harry How/Getty Images Carl Nassib #94 of the Las Vegas Raiders celebrates a 31-26 win over the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium on November 08, 2020 in Inglewood, California.

Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib released a video on social media Monday stating he's gay, making him the first active NFL player to reveal that they're gay.

"What's up people? I'm at my house here in West Chester, Pennsylvania. I just want to take a quick moment to say that I'm gay," the 28-year-old Nassib said. "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."

Nassib, 28, said he wasn't making the announcement for any attention, but to rather bring more attention to the LGBTQ+ community during Pride Month.

"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 like 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."

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The Trevor Project is a non-profit organization that suicide prevention services and crisis intervention for the LGBTQ+ community.

"They're an incredible organization, they're the No. 1 suicide-prevention service for LGBTQ youth in America," Nassib said. "And they're truly doing incredible things. And I'm very excited to be a part of it, help in any way that I can and I'm really pumped to see what the future holds."


Video: NFL Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib comes out as gay, makes history (NBC News)

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Raiders coach Jon Gruden said, "I learned a long time ago what makes a man different is what makes him great," in response to Monday's news.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell released a statement Monday evening applauding Nassib's "courage" and saying "representation matters."

"The NFL family is proud of Carl for courageously sharing his truth today. Representation matters. 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."

The Raiders tweeted around the same time stating they are "Proud of you, Carl" with a black heart emoji following it.

Nassib played his college ball at Penn State before getting drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft. After two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he signed with the Raiders in 2020 for a three-year deal worth $25 million.

Former University of Missouri linebacker Michael Sam in 2014 became the first openly-gay player to be drafted by an NFL team when the Rams selected him. However, he was cut by the team before the season started and he never played in an NFL game.

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