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

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

    The Las Vegas Raiders' Carl Nassib became the first active NFL player to come out as gay. The defensive end made the announcement in an Instagram post on Monday, adding he's agonized over this moment for the last 15 years.

    "I just wanted to take a quick moment to say that Iím gay," Nassib said. "Iíve 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.

    ďIím a pretty private person so I hope you guys know that Iím 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 not necessary, but until then I will do my best and my part to cultivate a culture thatís accepting and compassionate."

    He added he will start to do his part by donating $100,000 to The Trevor Project, an organization focused on crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth under the age of 25.

    In a written statement, Nassib added that he was "greeted with the utmost respect and acceptance" from the NFL, his coaches and fellow players and was thankful for their support. "I would not have been able to do this without them," he wrote.

    Nassib, 28, is entering his second year with the Raiders and his sixth in the league. He has 20.5 career sacks and 143 combined tackles, 97 of which are solo.

    Former defensive end and current free agent Ryan Russell congratulated Nassib after his announcement, saying "Ball out this season brother!" Russell came out as bisexual in 2019 and intended to stay active in the league but has not been on a roster since then.

    June is known as Pride Month and it honors the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, which is considered a catalyst for the gay rights movement in the United States.

    Who is Carl Nassib?
    Vic Tafur, Raiders beat writer: Nassib was best known for a "Hard Knocks" appearance in 2018 when he gave Browns teammates funny and non-sensical financial advice. As he said in his Instagram post, he is a very private person and probably won't do many interviews. But, he said he wanted to be visible for the LGBTQ+ community's "fight for quality and acceptance."

    The history of former players coming out
    Lindsay Jones, senior NFL writer: Nassib's announcement is historic because he is now the first out active NFL player who is expected to be on an active roster.

    Other NFL players have come out post-retirement, dating back to former running back David Kopay, who played in the late 1960s and early 1970s and came out in 1975; nine-year NFL defensive tackle Esera Tuaolo, who came out in 2002, three years after his last game; and former Chiefs and Patriots offensive lineman Ryan O'Callaghan, who played from 2006-2011 and came out in 2017.

    Former University of Missouri defensive end Michael Sam was the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL in 2014, but he did not make the St. Louis Rams' roster and never played in a regular-season game.

    How important is this for the NFL?
    Jones: This is a long-anticipated day in the NFL; not for Nassib's announcement, specifically, but for the day an active player would feel comfortable enough to come out publicly.

    For all of the progress that's been made toward inclusion in the league in recent years ó the league office as an LGBTQ+ affinity group, as well as the league sponsoring a float in the New York City Pride parade pre-COVID-19, for example ó there is still an underlying tone of homophobia, and questions about how a gay player would be received in the locker room.

    Nassib's announcement won't immediately change that, but he is now a trailblazer, and the overwhelmingly positive initial response to his announcement could help other LGBTQ+ individuals in the NFL follow his lead.

    Source: https://theathletic.com/news/raiders...y/V0SRVDvCyCnL
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    Deplorable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kilsong View Post
    Deplorable.
    Yes heís going to burn in hell. Lol
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    Who gives a fuck? Why is this news? If he liked to fuck sheep or had some other unusual fetish I could understand it, but gay? Really? There's nothing brave about coming out as gay anymore and there hasn't been for a long time. It's as common as rainbow flags at a gay pride parade. Keep your boring, overhyped sexuality to yourself. No one else cares. Yawn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Necron_99 View Post
    Who gives a fuck? Why is this news? If he liked to fuck sheep or had some other unusual fetish I could understand it, but gay? Really? There's nothing brave about coming out as gay anymore and there hasn't been for a long time. It's as common as rainbow flags at a gay pride parade. Keep your boring, overhyped sexuality to yourself. No one else cares. Yawn.
    You really canít see how an NFL player publicly announcing heís gay is news? Okay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Admin View Post
    You really canít see how an NFL player publicly announcing heís gay is news? Okay.
    Usually most sports players (not just football) would keep their orientation to themselves so as not to risk losing valuable endorsements or contracts so I agree this is big news.

    This guy has to be quite brave to do this IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MindlessWork View Post
    Usually most sports players (not just football) would keep their orientation to themselves so as not to risk losing valuable endorsements or contracts so I agree this is big news.

    This guy has to be quite brave to do this IMO.
    Exactly, not to mention how his teammates might react and judge him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Admin View Post
    Exactly, not to mention how his teammates might react and judge him.
    Yeah agree, that is another factor as well.
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    Hes not the first and no one gives a shit.

    No one does except these filthy dems and the media trying to separate us

    Dont give attention to it.

    No one cares about your sexual orientation. This is played out and at this point is just stupid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Admin View Post
    Exactly, not to mention how his teammates might react and judge him.
    30 years ago, I would agree with you. Today, not so much. Total yawn fest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GYMnTONIC View Post
    No one cares about your sexual orientation.
    Unfortunately youíre wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Admin View Post
    Of course they did. LOL. They love this shit. NYT is the ultimate authority on bullshit narratives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Necron_99 View Post
    30 years ago, I would agree with you. Today, not so much. Total yawn fest.
    30 years ago? Lol Dude sorry but trust me you donít know what the fuck youíre talking about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Admin View Post
    30 years ago? Lol Dude sorry but trust me you donít know what the fuck youíre talking about.
    Oh please. Evidently I struck a nerve. Whatever.

    Go be happy and enjoy the fact that public sentiment is the way it is and has been for a very long time.


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