Carl Nassib: First NFL star makes his homosexuality public

A historic moment in US professional sport.

NFL star Carl Nassib (28) from the Las Vegas Raiders made his homosexuality public on Monday as the first active professional in the history of the US football league!

“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 finally feel comfortable getting rid of it, ”said the Defensive End on Instagram on Monday (26,100 followers).

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.

Initial reactions in the social networks were mostly positive and supportive. Nassib received a heart from his team for the Instagram post in which he also announced a donation of 100,000 US dollars for the Trevor Project. The organization runs a telephone counseling service for young LGBTQ people.

So far, not a single active NFL player had come out during his career. Michael Sam (31) made his homosexuality public shortly before the 2014 draft and became a Rams player, but was not on the field in a single game of the season.


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