Raiders DE Carl Nassib Announces He's Gay; Donating $100K to The Trevor Project

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVJune 21, 2021

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)
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Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib announced in an Instagram video Monday that he is gay.

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Las Vegas Raiders DE Carl Nassib comes out as gay<br><br>He also announced a $100K donation to the Trevor Project, a suicide prevention organization for LGBTQ youth. pic.twitter.com/5Xobd9s0pp

"I just want to take a quick moment to say that I'm gay. I've been meaning to do this for a while now. But I finally feel comfortable enough to get it off my chest. I really have the best life. I got the best family, friends and job a guy could ask for. I'm a pretty private person, so I hope you guys know that I'm really not doing this for attention. I just think that representation and visibility are so important. I actually hope that one day videos like this and the whole coming-out process are just not necessary. But until then, I'mma do my best and do my part to cultivate a culture that's accepting, that's compassionate, and I'm gonna start by donating $100,000 to The Trevor Project."

He is the first active NFL player to come out as gay, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The Trevor Project provides "crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25," per the organization's website.

Nassib received an outpouring of support after his announcement:

Las Vegas Raiders @Raiders

Proud of you, Carl 🖤 pic.twitter.com/R9aJxYFefW

Vic Tafur @VicTafur

#Raiders owner Mark Davis, reached on the phone, thought Nassib’s announcement was “very cool ... I am happy for him.” https://t.co/yoOlZEnmPK

Paul Gutierrez @PGutierrezESPN

#Raiders coach Jon Gruden, in response to DE Carl Nassib coming out as gay: “I learned a long time ago what makes a man different is what makes him great.”

NFL345 @NFL345

From Commissioner Goodell: pic.twitter.com/MbgGt6AuGs


We support you, Carl ✊✊ https://t.co/8XcRWJsghD

Saquon Barkley @saquon

Much respect brudda ✊🏾 https://t.co/1G2ewVOWje

Julian Edelman @Edelman11

Awesome moment. Spreading the love to the @TrevorProject very classy move. ❤️ https://t.co/pOWGsvRMUW

JJ Watt @JJWatt

Good for you Carl.<br><br>Glad you feel comfortable enough to share and hopefully someday these types of announcements will no longer be considered breaking news. https://t.co/eevr8cgRay

Warren Moon @WMoon1

Really proud of Carl Nassib. The first active football player to ever do so. I played with several guys who never were comfortable enough to go public. They were great teammates, &amp; obviously very talented.

Adam Rittenberg @ESPNRittenberg

Statement from ⁦@coachjfranklin⁩ on ⁦@PennStateFball⁩ alum Carl Nassib: pic.twitter.com/639m4OWou4

Michael Sam came out publicly in 2014 after his college football career and before he was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round, making him the first out player to be drafted by an NFL team. While he played for the Rams that preseason and later had a stint on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad, he never played a regular-season game before retiring in 2015.

He also played for the Montreal Alouettes in 2015 and became the first out player in the Canadian Football League and the first out player to appear in a CFL regular-season contest.

Nassib, 28, has played for the Cleveland Browns (2016-17), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2018-19) and Raiders (2020) in his five-year career, posting 20.5 sacks. He was a third-round pick of the Browns in the 2016 draft.