“I just wanted to take a moment to say I’m gay,” the 28-year-old West Chester, Pa. Native said in a video post. “I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now, but I finally feel comfortable getting rid of it.” I really have the best life, the best family, the best friends, and the best job a man could ask for. “I’m a pretty private person, so I hope you know I’m really not doing this to attract attention.” I just think representation and visibility are so important. I actually hope that as a day videos like this and the whole release process isn’t necessary, but until then I’m going to do my best and do my part to cultivate a culture that accepts and is compassionate. “
Nassib, who stepped out during Pride Month, also pledged to donate US $ 100,000 to the Trevor Project, a nonprofit that focuses on suicide prevention programs for LGBT youth. .
“The NFL family is proud of Carl for courageously sharing his truth today,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “Representation matters. We share his hope that one day statements like his will no longer be newsworthy as we march towards full equality for the LGBTQ + community. We wish Carl the best of luck this coming season. “
No openly gay player has ever appeared in an NFL regular season game.
Former Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam was revealed to be gay before being selected by the St. Louis Rams organization in 2014 and appeared in a preseason game, but failed to make a regular season list.
“Proud to support Carl”
Nassib’s announcement was greeted by Brian Burke, president of the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins. Burke has been a vocal advocate for LGBTQ rights for over a decade, since his late son Brendan became gay.
“Proud to support Carl and his decision to become the first active gay player in the NFL,” said Burke. “I hope other sports leaders will join me in publicly expressing their support as well. “
Nassib, a 2016 Cleveland Browns third-round selection, also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before joining the Raiders. As a college student, Nassib was named Big Ten Player of the Year at Penn State in 2015.
In 73 career games (37 starts), Nassib has totaled 143 tackles (36 for losses), 20.5 sacks, 16 assists defended, one interception, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovered.