Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib

Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib announced on Monday he is gay, becoming the first active player in NFL history to come out.

“I just want to take a quick moment to say that I’m gay,” Nassib said in a video posted to Instagram from his home in Pennsylvania. “I’ve been meaning to do this for awhile now, but I finally feel comfortable enough to get this off my chest.”

Statement from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Raiders DE Carl Nassib

The NFL family is proud of Carl for courageously sharing his truth today. Representation matters. We share his hope that someday soon statements like his will no longer be newsworthy as we march toward full equality for the LGBTQ+ community. We wish Carl the best of luck this coming season.