Las Vegas Raiders defensive finish Carl Nassib has develop into the primary energetic NFL participant to come back out as homosexual.
“Simply wished to take a fast second to say that I am homosexual. I have been that means to do that for some time now however I lastly really feel snug sufficient to get it off my chest,” he mentioned.
“I actually have the most effective life, the most effective household, associates and job a man might ask for.”
Nassib added: “I am a reasonably non-public particular person so I hope that you simply guys know that I am actually not doing this for consideration. I simply suppose that illustration and visibility are so necessary.
“I truly hope that in the future movies like this and the entire popping out course of are simply not vital, however till then I’ll do my greatest to domesticate a tradition that is accepting and compassionate.”
Nassib additionally mentioned he was donating £100,000 to the Trevor Challenge, a suicide prevention service for LGBTQ youth in America.
No overtly homosexual participant has performed a regular-season recreation within the NFL.
Defensive finish Michael Sam got here out as homosexual earlier than he was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in 2014 and performed for them within the pre-season, however didn’t make their last roster.
Nassib is about to enter his sixth season within the NFL having been drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 2016.
He then had a two-year spell with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier than signing a three-year cope with the Raiders in March 2020.