Las Vegas Raiders defensive lineman Carl Nassib became the first active player in league history to declare himself gay in June.
In a recent “Comeback Stories” interview with Darren Waller and Donny Starkins, Nassib said he feared his coming out could ruin his NFL career.
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“I thought about it every now and then. I thought about how I wanted to do it. When I could do it,” Nassib said on the show. “I didn’t know how people would react. I wanted to make sure I was financially stable before I did. I didn’t know if it would ruin my career. I didn’t know if the guys would support me or not.”
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Nassib said he realized he was gay four years ago and didn’t want to come out right away because he was more focused on his career and establishing himself in the league. Nassib felt it was his responsibility to go out and make him sociable acceptable in the locker room.
“When I decided to go out, it wasn’t easy,” Nassib said. “Personally, for my life, I didn’t want to do it. But I felt a huge obligation to my community, to all the young children who struggle with their sexuality. If I could help a few of them, then I would. could sleep better at night. “
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Nassib, a Penn State product, is in his sixth season in the NFL and his second with the Raiders. He also spent time with the Cleveland Browns and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Before Nassib, no openly gay or bisexual player had previously played a regular season in the NFL. Michael Sam was openly gay when he was drafted from the University of Missouri in 2014. But Sam never made a place in the league.