Raiders' Carl Nassib Comes Out As First Openly Gay Active NFL Player

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Raiders defensive lineman Carl Nassib has become the the first active NFL player in history to announce that he is gay.

“What’s up people,” Nassib posted on Instagram. “I’m at my house in West Chester Pennsylvania. 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. 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 and I’m going to start by donating $100,000 to the Trevor Project. They’re an incredible organization, they’re the number one suicide-prevention service for LGBTQ youth in America and they’re truly doing incredible things. I’m very excited to be a part of it and help in any way that I can and I’m really pumped to see what the future holds.”

Nassib is going in to his sixth NFL season, his second with the Raiders after spending time with the Cleveland Browns and the current world champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He has 20.5 career sacks.

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