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Sports Figures, Celebrities Show Their Love for Carl Nassib

Tuesday June 22, 2021

Carl Nassib made history this week as the first active player in the NFL to come out as gay.

"I just want to take a quick moment to say that I'm gay," Nassib, 28, said in an Instagram video posted yesterday. "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."

He continued: "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 I'm not doing this for attention, but I think representation matters."

In addition to his coming-out, he also pledged to donate $100,000 to The Trevor Project.

"For someone like me, who has been so lucky and cherishes every day, it brings me incredible sadness to think that our LGBTQ youth are at such an elevated risk for suicide," Nassib added.

The emotional announcement was greeted with a flood of positive comments on social media.

"In a league largely typified by jock culture, Nassib's courageous act was indeed worthy of praise," reports sports outlet ClutchPoint.

"After getting strong support from the Raiders and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Nassib received a wave of admiration from fellow players, celebrities, and politicians.

Veteran NBA player Jason Collins was one of the first to praise Nassib on Twitter. "In 2013, former NBA player Jason Collins became the first active player in one of the four major professional North American sports to come out as gay," reports Page Six.

The outlet added: "Michael Sam, who came out before being drafted by the Rams in the seventh round of the 2014 draft, and was on track to become the first openly gay active player in the NFL, responded with support."

Sam never got to play in the league because he was cut at the end of training camp.

New York Giants star Saquon Barkley also showed support for Nassib, who was picked in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Three-time Super Bowl champion and social activist Julian Edelman praised Nassib for giving back to The Trevor Project.

J.J. Watt, the defensive end for the Arizona Cardinals, also expressed his admiration for Nassib's courageous coming-out announcement.

"Nassib's brother Ryan, who spent two seasons with the Giants, wrote on Instagram, 'Couldn't be more proud to be your brother. Love you Carl,'" reports Page Six.

Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis congratulated Nassib as well in conversation with ESPN's Paul Gutierrez.

Actor, activist, and social media influencer George Takei also added, "Bravo, Carl Nassib. You have tackled a great deal today."

Billy Eichner congratulated Nassib along with a clip of his Super Bowl appearance 10 years ago.