Carl Nassib is putting his middle finger up to homophobia in sport. In a groundbreaking move, Nassib – Las Vegas Raiders defensive end – became the first active NFL player to come out as gay.
But if you were expecting the classic lengthy Instagram post about how hard it’s been or a pre-signed deal with Netflix, you’re not getting it. Nassib kept it short and very sweet saying:
“What’s up people,” Nassib said. “I’m at my house in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
“I 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.
“I really have the best life, the best family, friends and job a guy could ask for.”
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.
“I actually hope that one day videos like this and the whole coming out process are just not necessary, but until then I’m going to do my best to cultivate a culture that’s accepting and compassionate.”
The 28-year-old said he was donating £100,000 to the Trevor Project, a suicide prevention service for LGBTQ youth in America.
In a statement, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell added: “The NFL family is proud of Carl for courageously sharing his truth today. Representation matters.
Former NFL player Michael Sam came out as gay in 2014, and was drafted by the St Louis Rams but ultimately never made into their team. Dave Kopay came out in 1975 after playing for nine years, and offered Nassib advice before his decision to come out.