(NEXSTAR) – Las Vegas Raiders defensive lineman Carl Nassib announced in a social media video Monday that he is gay.
“What’s up people,” Nassib said in an Instagram video he recorded at his home in West Chester, Pennsylvania. “I just wanted 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.”
Nassib, the 66th pick of the 2016 NFL Draft and a former Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers player, played in college at Penn State.
“I really have the best life, I’ve got the best family, friends and job a guy could ask for,” Nassib, 28, said. “I’m a pretty private person so I hope you guys know that I’m not doing this for attention. I just think that representation and visibility are so important.”
Nassib said he hopes that in the future similar videos of players coming out as gay are “just not necessary.”
“Until then I’m going to do my best and do my part to cultivate a culture that’s accepting, that’s compassionate.”
Nassib said he will be donating $100,000 to The Trevor Project, a national organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ people under 25.
Nassib is the first active NFL player to come out as gay, but former University of Missouri star Michael Sam was the first openly gay player drafted in any major U.S. sport, according to the Associated Press. Sam was drafted by the Rams in 2014 but failed to make the regular-season active roster. He left the NFL in 2015, citing mental health reasons.
The Raiders signed Nassib to a 3-year, $25,250,000 contract during the offseason.
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