Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib became the first active player in league history to come out that he is gay.
On Monday afternoon, Nassib made the announcement on his Instagram from his home in West Chester, Pennsylvania.”I just wanted to take a quick moment to say that I’m gay,” Nassib said via Outsports.com. “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. I just think that representation and visibility are so important,” Nassib continued. “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 said that he is donating $100,000 to The Trevor Project, which is the “world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ+ youth.”