Saquon Barkley speaks out for Carl Nassib
On Monday, Las Vegas Raiders pass rusher Carl Nassib announced on Instagram that he is gay.
“What’s up people?” Nassib said. “I’m at my house here in West Chester, Pennsylvania. I just want 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 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.
“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, I’m going to do my best and do my part to cultivate a culture that’s accepting, that’s compassionate and I’m going to start by donating $100,000 to the Trevor Project.”
New York Giants’ running back and fellow Penn State alum, Saquon Barkley posted a message on Twitter in support of Nassib.
Nassib is of course the first NFL player to come out during his playing career. People may have thought that Michael Sam was the first, but he came out prior to being drafted so he wasn’t an NFL player yet.
Nassib, 28 years-old, was a third round pick of the Cleveland Browns back in 2016 and also spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2018-19. The Raiders also showed their support.
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