Well, it’s been a long time coming.
Ladies and gentlemen, the moment is here.
The NFL officially has its first active and openly-gay player.
He’s a defensive end. And his name is Carl Nassib.
Team of choice: Las Vegas Raiders.
Carl made the announcement Monday via Instagram.
He took “a quick moment” to let everyone know.
“What’s up, people?” he began in a video, noting he was “at [his] house…in West Chester, Pennsylvania.”
“Just wanna take a quick moment to say that I’m gay.”
It took a while to work up the gumption:
“I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now, but I finally feel comfortable enough to get it off my chest. I really have the best life — I’ve got the best family, friends and job a guy could ask for.”
Carl said he’s not coming out for the acclaim:
“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, like, one day videos like this and the whole coming out process are just not necessary. But until then, you know, I’m gonna do my best and do my part to cultivate a culture that’s accepting, that’s compassionate.”
And more than that, he’s forking over a colossal amount of cash:
“[I]’m gonna start by donating $100,000 to the Trevor Project. They’re an incredible organization. They’re the number one suicide prevention service for LGBTQ youth in America. And they’re truly doing incredible things. And I’m very excited to be a part of it, to help any way that I can, and I’m really pumped to see what the future holds.”
“That’s all I have for you guys,” he concluded. “I hope you have a great day. Work hard.”
“I just wanted to take a quick moment to say that I’m gay. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now but I finally feel comfortable getting it off my chest.”
Raiders DL Carl Nassib shared this video to social media and became
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