Nassib announced on Monday he is gay. He’s the first active NFL player to announce as much in the league’s history. It’s an important moment in time for the league and sports as a whole.
“I just wanted to take a quick moment to say that I’m gay,” Nassib said on Instagram. “I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now but finally feel comfortable getting it off my chest. I really have the best life, the best family, friends and job a guy can ask for.”
Raiders team president Marc Badain sent Nassib a supportive message on Tuesday. He told the Raiders defensive lineman he’s “proud of him.”
“Well look, as an organization, we’re very proud of him,” Badain said in a video posted by Cassie Soto of the Las Vegas Review-Journal and transcribed by Pro Football Talk. “The organization has always sort of been built on a progressive mentality. Mr. [Al] Davis started that when he was with the team and some of the things he did with throughout the years in the 60s and 70s. And Mark has really continued that. And I think you can look at Mark’s words for how the organization feels. His first reaction was a genuine one — it’s 2021 and we’re still making a big deal out of this. But we really shouldn’t. I know it is. I know it will remain and we’ll look forward to the day when it’s not. The organization is fully behind him and very supportive and proud of what he did yesterday.”
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— Cassie Soto (@_CassieSoto) June 22, 2021
It’s been a very important 24 hours within the NFL. Carl Nassib has received the upmost support from current and former players as well as plenty of fans. That same support should continue into the 2021-22 season.