The first outing of an active NFL player leads to the shopping hype in the USA!
On the sports merchandise platform “Fanatics” (largest jersey seller in the USA), no jersey has sold more in the past 24 hours than that of football player Carl Nassib (28, number 94, Las Vegas Raiders).
Even the quarterback stars Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers or Patrick Mahomes, according to a report by the US celebrity portal “TMZ”, with the jersey sales no longer come close to the defensive end, who will be the first active player in on Monday (local time) NFL history had made his homosexuality public.
According to “TMZ”, the exact sales figures are not yet known. It is expected, however, that there will be “very many”.
“What’s up guys, I just wanted to take a short moment and say that I’m gay. I’ve wanted to do that for some time and I’m finally comfortable getting rid of it, ”Nassib announced on Monday in a 59-second Instagram video.
The 28-year-old thanked his family and friends for their support, through whom he recently felt it was possible to “say publicly and proudly that I am gay”. This moment has tormented him for the past 15 years.
Nassib reported that he had received support from the NFL, his coaches and teammates. He was immediately greeted with “the greatest respect and acceptance”. He doesn’t take the step because he wants attention. “I just think representation and visibility are so important,” he said.
US President Joe Biden (78) wrote on Tuesday evening (local time) on Twitter: “To Carl Nassib and Kumi Yokoyama – two prominent, inspiring athletes who came out this week: I am so proud of your courage. Because of you, countless children in the world can see themselves in a different light today. ”
The Japanese professional soccer player Kumi Yokoyama (27) announced his coming out as a transgender man on Tuesday.
So far, not a single active NFL player had come out during his career. The number of footballers who came out after the end of their career is in double digits, according to US media. Michael Sam was selected in 2014 as a public gay player in the draft by the Rams, then based in St. Louis, but did not make it into the squad and ended his career in 2015 without even playing in the NFL.