Raiders, Saquon Barkley, NFL Twitter reacts to Carl Nassib coming out: ‘Proud of you, Carl’
Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib became the first active NFL player to come out as gay on Monday night.
Nassib made the announcement on Instagram and also said that he would donate $100,000 to The Trevor Project, an organization focused on suicide prevention efforts in the LGBTQ+ community.
News of Nassib’s announcement spread quickly across the NFL and was swiftly met with positive messages from players, teams and executives. That included some heartfelt comments from Raiders owner Mark Davis.
“It’s 2021,” Davis said, per ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez. “All the more power to Carl. It doesn’t change my opinion of him as a person or as a Raider.”
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The NFL also released an official statement saying they were “proud” of him.
“The NFL family is proud of Carl for courageously sharing his truth today,” the statement read. “Representation matters. We share his hope that someday soon statements like his will no longer be newsworthy as we march toward full equality for the LGBTQ+ community. We wish Carl the best of luck this coming season.”
Here are some of the other Twitter messages that came in support of Nassib, including posts from the Raiders, NFL and Nassib’s former college teammate, Saquon Barkley.
That said, at least one player doesn’t want people to forget about Michael Sam, another trailblazer at the NFL level.
Sam came out as gay ahead of the 2014 NFL Draft and was selected in the seventh round by the Rams. However, he didn’t make the team’s 53-man roster as a rookie, so he was never on an active NFL roster.
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