|Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib added: "I'm a pretty private person so I hope that you guys know that I'm really not doing this for attention. I just think that representation and visibility are so important. (Photo from CNN)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib has become the first active NFL player to come out as gay, BBC reported. Nassib, 28, made the announcement in a video posted on his Instagram account.
"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 I finally feel comfortable enough to get it off my chest," he said. "I really have the best life, the best family, friends and job a guy could ask for." Nassib is about to enter his sixth season in the NFL, having been a third-round draft pick by the Cleveland Browns in 2016. Nassib also said he was donating £100,000 to the Trevor Project, a suicide prevention service for LGBTQ youth in America.
Raiders owner Mark Davis told the Las Vegas Review-Journal: "These are personal decisions. It's 2021, and he's a Raider. If he's happy, I'm happy. It takes courage. In a statement, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell added: "The NFL family is proud of Carl for courageously sharing his truth today. Representation matters. Meanwhile, Defensive end Michael Sam came out as gay before he was drafted by the St Louis Rams in 2014 and played for them in the pre-season, but didn’t make their final roster.