Las Vegas Raiders forward Carnassib becomes the only openly gay player in the NFL
The Las Vegas Raiders defensive forward Carnassib revealed in an Instagram post on Monday that he is gay, making him the only publicly gay player in the NFL.
“I just want to take a moment to say that I am gay,” the 28-year-old Westchester, Pennsylvania native said in a video post. “I have wanted to do this for a while, but finally I can rest assured. I really have the best life, best family, friends and work that a man can ask for.
“I’m a very privacy-conscious person, so I hope you guys know that I’m not doing this to attract attention. I just think that representation and popularity are very important. I actually hope that one day, videos like this and the whole come out The process is unnecessary, but until then, I will do my best and do my part to cultivate a culture of acceptance and compassion.”
Nassib, who came out during Pride Month, also pledged to donate US$100,000 to Trevor Project, a non-profit organization focused on LGBT youth suicide prevention programs.
There has never been a publicly gay player in the NFL regular season.
Former Missouri defensive forward Michael Sam was gay before being selected by St. Louis at the time. Organized the Louis Rams in 2014 and appeared in the preseason, but failed to enter the regular season roster.
Nasibu, selected by the Cleveland Browns in the third round of 2016, also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before joining the Raiders. As a college student, Nasibu was named the ten best player of the year by Pennsylvania State University in 2015.
In 73 games in his career (37 starts), Nasib has a total of 143 tackles (36 losses), 20.5 sacks, 16 defensive passes, 1 interception, 3 forced turnovers and one Error recovery.