Carl Nassib becomes first active NFL player to come out as gay

The Raiders lineman made the announcement on social media

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - NOVEMBER 15: Carl Nassib #94 of the Las Vegas Raiders flexes while smiling during warmups before a game against the Denver Broncos at Allegiant Stadium on November 15, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - NOVEMBER 15: Carl Nassib #94 of the Las Vegas Raiders flexes while smiling during warmups before a game against the Denver Broncos at Allegiant Stadium on November 15, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) (2020 Getty Images)

Raiders Lineman Carl Nassib took to Instagram Monday to announce he’s coming out as a gay man -- and he made history by doing that.

Nassib, 28, becomes the first active NFL player in history to announce he is gay. Nassib also said he will donate $100,000 to the Trevor Project, a nonprofit organization that serves LGBTQ+ youth.

In his post Nassib said, in part, “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.”

Nassib also emphasized that he’s not doing it for attention, but “representation and visibility are so important.”

See his Instagram message below:


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