Raiders defensive end Carnassib becomes the first active NFL player Coming out as a gay Monday night.
Nassib announced the news on Instagram and stated that he would donate US$100,000 to Trevor Project, An organization focused on suicide prevention in the LGBTQ+ community.
Nassib’s announcement quickly spread throughout the NFL and quickly received positive messages from players, teams and executives. These include some heartfelt comments from Raiders owner Mark Davis.
“It’s 2021,” Davis said, every Paul Gutierrez of ESPN“It’s more powerful for Carl. This hasn’t changed my view of him as a person or as a raider.”
The National Football League also 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.”
Here are some other Twitter messages supporting Nassib, including the Raiders, NFL, and Nassib’s former college teammate Saquon Barkley’s posts.
Carl is good for you.
Glad you can share it easily, and hope that one day these types of announcements will no longer be considered breaking news. https://t.co/eevr8cgRay
-JJ Watt (@JJWatt) June 22, 2021
Congratulations to Carl Nassib for being out. This is a big step. I think most players care about whether you can play.
— Sean Merriman (@shawnemerriman) June 21, 2021
Carl Nassib’s statement on his IG page includes this particularly compelling note, especially for those who might ask “what’s the big deal/why is it important?” pic.twitter.com/o1lQLoSqSa
-Mike Golic Jr (@mikegolicjr) June 21, 2021
Anyone who thinks that this will not happen in the NFL in the past should use Google Harold Lombardi. Vince’s brother, he is gay, Vince Lombardi told his players more than once that if he heard any homophobic slander from them, they would leave there.
— Doug Farrar (@NFL_DougFarrar) June 21, 2021
Carl Nassib’s ups and downs. It must be difficult to hold something like this for so long.
-Crocky⚡️ (@eric_crocker) June 21, 2021
Carl Nassib is good for you! ! Live your true brother.
— Ryan Clark (@Realrclark25) June 21, 2021
In other words, at least one player does not want people to forget Michael Sam, he is another trailblazer at the NFL level.
Michael Sam, don’t let Carnassib steal your light, you are the first to come
— Charles James II (@CJDeuce_) June 21, 2021
Sam came out as a gay before the 2014 NFL Draft and was selected by the Rams in the seventh round. However, he did not enter the team’s 53-man roster as a rookie, so he never appeared on the NFL’s active roster.