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Sport Raiders' Carl Nassib announces he is gay: 'I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now'

02:55  22 june  2021
02:55  22 june  2021 Source:   sportingnews.com

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" 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. Nassib also said that he is donating 0,000 to The Trevor Project, which is the "world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ youth." "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 concluded.

" I ’ ve been meaning to do this for a while now ," Nassib said in a social media post Monday, "but I finally feel comfortable getting it off my chest." The 28-year-old -- who's in the middle of a 3-year, MILLION contract with the Raiders -- noted he 's "agonized" over this announcement for 15 years but said the support of his friends, family, teammates and coaches made his Monday announcement much easier. "I really have the best life," Nassib said. "I got 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 really not doing this for attention.

Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib on Monday became the first active NFL player to announce that he is gay.

Nassib took to Instagram to share his message to the world from his home in Westchester, Pa.

"I just want to take a quick moment to say that I’m gay," Nassib said. "I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now but I finally feel comfortable enough to get it off my chest."

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Nassib explained in his message that, while he's "a pretty private person," he felt the need to come out to provide "representation and visibility" in his field.

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Carl Nassib becomes first active NFL player to announce he is gay (1:00). Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib comes out in post on Instagram; donates 0K to the Trevor Project (1:00). I ' ve been meaning to do this for a while now , but I finally feel comfortable enough to get it

" I ’ ve been meaning to do this for a while now , but I finally feel comfortable enough to get it off my chest." Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib did something no active NFL player has ever done before on Monday afternoon. He came out as gay . Nassib made the announcement while speaking in an Instagram video from his Pennsylvania home — which he said was long overdue.

"I just think that representation and visibility are so important," Nassib said. "I actually hope that one day, videos like this and the whole coming out process are 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."

Additionally, Nassib said in the video he would donate US$100,000 to The Trevor Project, an organization focused on suicide prevention efforts in the LGBTQ+ community.

Nassib becomes the 16th NFL player to come out as gay or bisexual, according to OutSports.com, though he is the first to do so as a part of an active NFL roster. Former Rams defensive end Michael Sam came out ahead of the 2014 NFL Draft, but he failed to make the Rams' 53-man roster after being a seventh-round pick.

Nassib, 28, was a third-round pick by the Browns in the 2016 NFL Draft. He has played five NFL seasons for the Browns, Buccaneers and Raiders, racking up 20.5 sacks and 143 tackles in 73 games (37 starts).

He will compete for playing time for Las Vegas this year in a rotation that will feature Yannick Ngakoue, Clelin Ferrell, Maxx Crosby and third-round rookie Malcolm Koonce.

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