Nassib made the announcement in an Instagram video and pledged $ 100,000 to support LGBTQ youth.
Carl Nassib, who plays on defense for the Las Vegas Raiders football team, announced that he was gay, becoming the first active member of the National Football League (NFL) to publicly acknowledge his homosexuality. .
He made his proclamation in a video posted on Instagram.
“I’m at my home in West Chester, Pennsylvania,” Nassib, 28, said. “I just wanted to take a moment to say I’m gay. I’ve been intending to do this for a long time, but I finally feel comfortable enough to get out of my chest. I really have the best life, I have the best family, friends and job a guy can ask for.
“I’m a pretty private person, so I hope you know I’m not really doing this for attention. I just think representation and visibility are so important. In fact, I hope that one day no videos like this and the whole process of leaving will be necessary, but until then I will do my best and do my part to cultivate a culture that accepts compassion. “
June is the month of pride in the United States.
Nassib also announced a $ 100,000 donation to the Trevor Project.
“They’re an amazing organization, they’re the number one suicide prevention program for LGBTQ youth in America,” he said.
Entering its sixth NFL season, the 6-foot (7 cm) Nassib was a third-round draft pick in 2016 by the Cleveland Browns. He spent two seasons with the Browns (2016-17), followed by two with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2018-19) before signing a three-year, $ 25.3 million contract, including nearly $ 16.8 million. under warranty, with the Raiders in March 2020.
In 73 career games (37 starts), Nassib has 143 attacks (36 per loss), 20.5 sacks, 16 defending passes, one interception, three holes and one hole recovery.
Nassib is on his way to becoming the first openly gay player to play in a regular season game. Defensive end Michael Sam came out gay as a scorer in 2014 before St. Louis Rams hired him, but he didn’t make it to the final list.