Las Vegas Raiders defensive finish Carl Nassib is formally the primary lively NFL participant to announce that he’s homosexual.
Simply in time for the continuing celebration of Pleasure Month, Nassib took it to Instagram to make the announcement. He posted an announcement alongside a video of him making the revelation, noting that whereas he needed to do it for a while already, it’s only now that he felt most snug doing it.
“What’s up folks,” the Raiders’ defensive lineman stated on his video announcement, per Boston Globe. “I’m at my home in West Chester Pennsylvania. I simply needed to take a fast second to say that I’m homosexual. I’ve been that means to do that for some time now, however lastly really feel snug getting it off my chest. I actually have the very best life, the very best household, mates and job a man can ask for.
“I’m a reasonably personal particular person, so I hope you guys know that I’m not doing this for consideration. I simply suppose that illustration and visibility are so necessary. I truly hope that at some point, movies like this and the entire popping out course of will not be mandatory. However till then I’ll do my greatest and my half to domesticate a tradition that’s accepting and compassionate and I’m going to start out by donating $100,000 to the Trevor Mission. They’re an unbelievable group, they’re the primary suicide-prevention service for LGBTQ youth in America.”
Right here is Carl Nassib’s Instagram publish:
Drafted sixty fifth total within the third spherical in 2016, Nassib performed for 2 completely different groups (Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers) earlier than discovering a brand new dwelling in Las Vegas with the Raiders.
He signed a profitable three-year, $25 million cope with the Raiders in 2020. Beginning in 5 video games out of 14 in his first season with the staff, he recorded 2.5 sacks and 28 mixed tackles.
Nassib’s announcement is actually enormous and an enormous step for different athletes to lose their worry of popping out. In spite of everything, on condition that the Raiders DE is the primary to do it, it exhibits how some athletes are afraid of being overtly homosexual.
Because the Raiders vet stated it, his hope in popping out is to encourage extra folks–athlete or not–to be snug with their sexuality and identification. In fact, there may be nonetheless a protracted solution to go, however that is undoubtedly a step in the fitting route.