Carl Nassib, defensive lineman of the Las Vegas Raiders, has become NFL and sports history by scoring his most special touchdown. The player from West Chester, Pennsylvania, has become the first active player to publicly acknowledge his homosexuality.
“What’s up people? I’m at my house in West Chester and I just wanted to take a moment to say that I’m gay. “, Nassib announced in a video posted on his Instagram profile. “I’ve been thinking about doing this for a while and I’m finally comfortable taking this out of myself. I have the best life, the best family, the best friends, and the best job that someone like me can have.”
The player, trained at Penn State and who has played five NFL seasons spanned by the Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Raiders, has assured in that same message that he has decided to publicly declare his sexual orientation to serve as a speaker for the homosexual community: “I am someone who keeps his life private, so I hope you know that I do not do this to attract attention. I just think representation and visibility are important “.
I’ve been thinking about doing this for a while and I’m finally comfortable taking this out of myself.
Nassib, who hopes that one day messages like his will not be necessary, who for the last 15 years of his life has felt anguish over the fact of not being able to openly declare his homosexuality and wanted to thank both the NFL and his coaches and teammates your support.
For his part, Roger Goodell, commissioner of the American football league in the United States, has applauded Nassib’s bravery and has shown the support of the entire NFL for “sharing his truth with that courage. The NFL family is proud of Carl’s brave announcement. Representation matters. Let’s hope that someday not too long ago these types of announcements will not make the news as we continue to advance for full equality for the LGBTQ + community. We wish Carl the best of luck this season. “
With his statement Nassib also announced the $ 100,000 donation to The Trevor Project, an organization that has been working for 23 years to prevent suicide in young people under 25 who keep their sexual condition a secret. “They are an incredible organization, they are the number one suicide prevention service for LGBTQ youth in America,” said Nassib. “And they are really doing incredible things. I am excited to be a part of it, to help in whatever way I can and in the future of the work that he does.”