LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Las Vegas Raiders defensive lineman Carl Nassib says he’s gay, becoming the first active NFL player to do so openly.
Nassib, 28, made the announcement in a video on Instagram.
“I just want to take a quick moment to say that I’m gay,” he said from his home in Pennsylvania.
“I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now, but I finally feel comfortable enough to get it off my chest,” he said. “I really have the best life. I have the best family, friends and job a guy could ask for. I’m a pretty private person, so I hope 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 that videos like this and the whole coming out process are not necessary, but until then I’m going to do my best and do my part to cultivate a culture that’s accepting, that’s compassionate.”
Nassib said he is donating $100,000 to the Trevor Project, an organization aimed to prevent LGBTQ youth suicide.