Carl Nassib comes out as first active openly gay NFL player

The Las Vegas Raiders defensive lineman made history by revealing his sexual orientation and said he’s been meaning to announce it for a long time.
4:13 | 06/22/21

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Right now the historic announcement from NFL player Carl nassib revealing that he is gay becoming the first active NFL player to come out. Kaylee Hartung joins us now with- the latest. Good morning, Kaylee. Reporter: Good morning, robin. This is a day many people never thought would come. But now Carl nassib in the middle of a three-year contract is speaking his truth. That's an interception by nassib. Reporter: This morning history made in the NFL. Want to take a quick moment to say that I'm gay. I've been meaning to do this for awhile now but finally feel comfortable enough to get it off my chest. Reporter: Carl nassib becoming the first active NFL player to come out as a gay man. I just think that representation and visibility are so important. I actually hope one day videos like this and the whole coming out process are just not necessary. Reporter: Gay athletes like Adam Rippon praising his courage. It reminds me of me being young and I didn't see that representation and to just see it now in pro sports, it changes the game. Reporter: Raiders head coach Jon Gruden telling ESPN I learned a long time ago what makes a man different is what makes him great. 28-year-old nassib expressing a moment of gratitude and relief but writes sadly I have agonized over this moment for the last 15 years. In thanking the NFL his coaches and fellow players for their support nassib goes on to say I would not be able to do it without them. From the jump I was greeted with the utmost respect and acceptance. Tweets of support coming from other NFL stars like saquon Barkley, J.J. Watt, Julian Edelman and the raiders organization tweeting, proud of you, Carl. Other athletes are not just going to be listening and watching what he said and cover but watch how everyone responds. Reporter: The league commissioner applauding nassib in a statement saying, the NFL family is proud of Carl for courageously sharing his truth representation matters. No openly gay player has ever played in a regular season NFL game. In 2014 Michael Sam was poised to be the first. The defensive lineman came out just before he was drafted by the rams and smoke with robin on the eve of the draft. Because I came out, was the first one to do it, I think it can be a beacon for others. Reporter: He never made a regular season roster. A handful of other players came out after their careers ended. When you want to go to Dave co-pay. We thought that would be a watershed moment. We've come close before. And now this day is finally here. Reporter: After five years in the league nassib making this announcement during pride month. I'm going to do my best and do my part to cultivate a culture that's accepting and compassionate and start by donating $100,000 to the Trevor project. Reporter: The Trevor project is a leading nonprofit focusing on suicide prevention efforts among lgbtq plus youth. The executive director telling "Gma" we hope this historic moment will foster lgbt ink inclusion in professional sports and inspire young lgbtq athletes across the country to pursue their talents. The Trevor project says Carl nassib's donation will help scale their services to reach over a million lgbtq youth who seriously consider suicide every year. The lifeline is a big part of it. If you need help know you are not alone and call 866-488-7386 24/7. 24/7, thank you very much. When Carl, his video again encouraged people -- it's one minute long and he just -- he's spot on in so many ways in part what Kaylee was saying in the Trevor project there's so many in the community, the youth at a higher rate taking their life and representation -- It brings us closer to the day when an announcement like that isn't news. Believe me, you would love it for it not to be but we're not there. Congratulations to Carl for

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