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The defensive end of the Las Vegas Raiders, Carl Nassib, became the first active player in league history to be revealed to be gay.
On Monday afternoon, Nassib posted the announcement on his Instagram from his home in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
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“I just wanted to briefly say I’m gay,” Nassib said of Outsports.com. “I’ve wanted to do this for a while, but I’m finally comfortable getting it off my chest. I really have the best life, best family, best friends, and the best job you could ever want.
“I’m a pretty private person, so I hope you know I’m not doing this for attention. I just think representation and visibility are so important, ”Nassib continued. “I actually hope that one day such videos and the whole coming-out process will no longer be necessary, but until then I’ll do my best and do my part in cultivating an accepting and compassionate culture.”
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Nassib also said he is donating $ 100,000 to The Trevor Project, the “world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ youth.”
“I’m really excited to be a part of it and to help in any way I can, and I’m really excited to see what the future holds,” concluded Nassib.
The Raiders’ Instagram page showed support for Nassib by commenting on two black heart emojis on his post.
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A Penn State product, Nassib is entering its sixth season in the NFL and its second with the Raiders. He also spent time with the Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Nassib has 20.5 sacks in his career.
No openly gay or bisexual player has ever played at a disadvantage in the league. In 2014, Michael Sam was drafted into the NFL, but he never made it onto a roster seat.