Raiders defensive end Karnasieb became the first active NFL player to declare that he is gay on Monday.
From his home in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Nassib shared his information with the world through Instagram.
“I just want to take a moment to say that I am gay,” Nasibu said. “I have wanted to do this for a while, but I finally feel comfortable enough to take it out of my chest.”
Nasibu explained in his message that although he is “a very private person”, he feels it is necessary to stand up and provide “representation and visibility” in his field.
“I just think representativeness and popularity are very important,” Nasibu said. “I actually hope that one day, videos like this and the whole coming out process are unnecessary. But until then, I will do my best and do my part to cultivate a culture of acceptance and compassion. “
In addition, Nasibu said in the video that he would donate US$100,000 to Trevor Project, An organization focused on suicide prevention in the LGBTQ+ community.
After Nasib’s announcement, many people supported him on Twitter, and the National Football League issued an official statement saying they were “proud” of him.
The statement read: “The NFL family is proud of Carl for sharing his truth bravely today.” “Representation is very important. We hope that one day, as we move towards full equality in the LGBTQ+ community, like His remarks will no longer be newsworthy. We hope Carl will have good luck in the coming season.”
According to reports, Nasibu became the 16th NFL player to come out as gay or bisexual OutSports.com, Although he was the first person to do so, as part of the active NFL roster. Former Rams defensive end Michael Sam was out before the 2014 NFL Draft, but he failed to enter the Rams’ 53-man roster after being drafted in the seventh round.
The 28-year-old Nasib was the third-round pick of the Browns in the 2016 NFL draft. He played for the Browns, Buccaneers and Raiders for five NFL seasons, scoring 20.5 sacks and 143 tackles in 73 games (37 starts).
He will compete for playing time in Las Vegas in this year’s rotation, which includes Yannick Ngakoue, Clelin Ferrell, Maxx Crosby and third-round rookie Malcolm Koonce.