On Monday, Raiders defensive lineman Carl Nassib turned the primary energetic N.F.L. participant to publicly declare he’s homosexual.
“I just want to take a quick moment to say that I’m gay,” Nassib stated in a video posted to his Instagram account. “Sadly, I have agonized over this moment for the last 15 years,” he wrote in the identical put up.
Nassib, a five-year N.F.L. veteran who has additionally performed with the Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, stated he had been that means to announce that he’s homosexual for some time, however was lastly “comfortable getting it off my chest.”
Nassib, 28, thanked his coaches, teammates and the N.F.L. for his or her help.
“I would not be able to do this without them,” he wrote on Twitter.
Michael Sam, a defensive lineman who performed faculty soccer at Missouri, introduced he was homosexual earlier than he was chosen within the seventh spherical of the 2014 draft. The Rams, then primarily based in St. Louis, lower Sam on the finish of coaching camp. The Dallas Cowboys signed him to their follow squad, however he by no means performed in a daily season sport.