He added in a lengthy written statement that he had “agonised over this moment for the last 15 years” and that it wasn’t until recently – thanks to the support of his family and friends – that it seemed possibly for him to “say publicly and proudly that I’m gay.”
The defensive lineman also thanked his teammates and coaches for their “respect and acceptance”, adding: “I would not have been able to do this without them.”
Full statement from Carl Nassib. #PRIDE https://t.co/92cSSDqZoR
Nasib, who spent time at the Cleveland Browns and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before joining the Raiders in 2020, said in his video: “I actually hope 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 to cultivate a culture that’s accepting, that’s compassionate and I’m going to start by donating 100,000 dollars (£72,000) to The Trevor Project.”
The Trevor Project is a charity focused on suicide prevention in the LGBT community in the US.
As a part of this important conversation make sure you check out @TrevorProject. This organization is doing amazing… https://t.co/Y62xHjaoHg
Nassib’s announcement follows defensive end Michael Sam coming out as gay ahead of the NFL draft in 2014. Sam was subsequently drafted by the St Louis Rams in the seventh round but cut from their roster before the season began.
He also spent time with the Dallas Cowboys but did not appear in an NFL game. He later played for the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League.
Former LA Galaxy wide man and USA international Robbie Rogers was the first openly gay man to play in one of America’s big five sports leagues when he came out in February 2013. NBA centre Jason Collins came out later that year and had a short spell with the Brooklyn Nets in 2014.
The NFL has announced plans to return to London this October with two games scheduled to be played at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.