Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib came out as gay on Monday, becoming
the first active player in the National Football League to do so.
“I actually hope that like one day, videos like this and the whole coming-out process are
just not necessary.
“But until then, I’m going to do my best and do my part to cultivate a culture that’s
accepting, that’s compassionate and I’m going to start by donating $100,000 to the
The NFL celebrated Nassib’s announcement and the Raiders commented on Nassib’s
post with a series of heart emojis.
“The NFL family is proud of Carl for courageously sharing his truth today.
Representation matters. We share his hope that someday soon statements like his
will no longer be newsworthy as we march toward full equality for the LGBTQ+
Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “We wish Carl the best of luck this