‘I’m gay’: Raiders’ Carl Nassib becomes first active NFL player to come out


Carl Nassib, a defensive lineman for the Las Vegas Raiders, came out as the NFL’s first openly gay active player Monday.

The 28-year-old made the announcement in an Instagram video.

“I just wanted to take a quick moment to say that I’m gay. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now but finally feel comfortable getting it off my chest. I really have the best life, the best family, friends and job a guy can ask for.”

“I’m a pretty private person so I hope you guys know that I’m not doing this for attention,” he said. “I just think that representation and visibility are so important. I actually hope that one day, videos like this and the whole coming out process are not necessary, but until then I will do my best and my part to cultivate a culture that’s accepting and compassionate.”

Nassib also announced a $100,000 donation to the nonprofit Trevor Project. “They’re an incredible organization, they’re the No. 1 suicide-prevention service for LGBTQ youth in America,” he said.

While a number of NFL players have come out as gay after their playing careers were over, Nassib is the first active-roster NFL player to do so. Michael Sam famously came out as gay in 2014 before the NFL Draft, but did not make the then-St. Louis Rams’ regular-season active roster.

Nassib played in college at Penn State, and was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 2016. He also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before signing a three-year, $25 million contract with the Raiders in 2020. In five NFL seasons, he’s recorded 20.5 sacks.

“Proud of you, Carl,” the Raiders’ official Twitter account tweeted late Monday.


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