The defensive end of the Raiders, Carl Nassib, it was declared gay in an Instagram video on June 21, becoming the first active player of the NFL to come out of the closet. He also said that he will take advantage of making a donation of one hundred thousand dollars to Trevor Proyect, a charity that fights to prevent suicide in young people lesbians, gays, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ+).
”What’s up, people? I’m Carl Nassib, I’m at home here in Westchester, Pennsylvania”, Said the athlete at the beginning of the video. The one who continued saying “I just wanted to take a moment to say that I’m gay”.
In addition, the player confessed: “I’ve been meaning to do this for a while, but finally I feel comfortable enough to get it off my chest.. I really have the best life, I have the best family, friends and job that a man could ask for. I am quite a reserved person, so I hope you know that I am not doing this to get attention. “
In the video, which has already become an important document due to the historical magnitude of his statement, Nassib says: “I think representation and visibility are very important. In fact, I hope that one day, videos like this and the whole wardrobe filing process will not be necessary, but until then I will do my best and do my part to cultivate a culture that accepts, is compassionate, and I’m going to start by donating $ 100,000 to the Trevor Project. They are an incredible organization; they are the number one suicide prevention service for LGBTQ youth in America. “
In a separate written statement, Nassib said that his family, friends, teammates and coaches have supported him. “I couldn’t have done this without them”, adding: “I was received with the utmost respect and acceptance.”
Video of Carl Nassib shared on his Instagram account
The first openly gay NFL player
Nassib became the first NFL player to come out of the closet since Michael Sam, who became the first gay player to be selected by an NFL team when the Rams selected him in the seventh round of the 2014 draft.
Sam happened to play for the Rams in the 2014 preseason, but was cut before the start of the regular season. He went on to endure a brief stint on the Los Angeles practice team. Cowboys and briefly joined the Montreal Alouettes from Canadian Football League. Sam never played in an NFL regular season game, which is why Nassir’s case becomes the first of a practicing player.
Nassib ascended to the NFL after emerging as a passenger at Penn State University, where he made his way to become the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in 2015. It also won the award Hendricks (the best defensive end in the nation) and the award Lombardi (the best lineman or linebacker in the nation).
There has been a huge push for LGBTQ + visibility in sports in recent years, with many professional teams, particularly in MLB, NHL Y NBA, celebrating Pride Nights, including Tigers, Red Wings and the Pistons.