Carl Nassib is the first active NFL player to come out.
Carl Nassib’s jerseys sell out quickly a day after the Las Vegas Raiders defensive end became the first active NFL player in history to go gay.
ESPN reports that Fanatics, the NFL’s e-commerce partner, said Nassib jerseys were the best sellers in its stores on Monday and Tuesday.
A check of the Fanatics and NFLShop websites on Tuesday night showed that the 5XL was the only size available for a “Carl Nassib Las Vegas Raiders Nike Womens Match Shirt – Black”. Nassib women’s jerseys were available in all sizes.
Nassib, who is entering his sixth season in the NFL and his second with the Raiders, broke the news on Instagram on Monday, saying he was not doing it to gain attention, but because he felt the representation and the visibility were important.
“I just wanted to take a moment to say I’m gay,” Nassib said in his video message from his home in West Chester, PA. “I’ve wanted to do this for a while now, but I finally felt comfortable enough to remove it from my chest.
Nassib added in a written message that followed the video that he “has been in agony at this time for the past 15 years” and only recently decided to go public with his sexuality after receiving support from his family and his friends.
Nassib, whose announcement came during Pride Month, added that he was donating $ 100,000 to the Trevor Project, a non-profit organization that seeks to prevent suicides among LGBTQ youth.
Others were quick to express their support for Nassib, including the Raiders organization and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
More than a dozen NFL players have turned out to be gay after their careers ended.
Former University of Missouri defensive star Michael Sam was the first openly gay football player ever selected in the NFL Draft, going to the seventh round in the St. Louis Rams era in 2014. But he never made the final roster and retired in 2015 having never played in an NFL regular season game.
Nassib is a sixth-year pro who was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the 2016 third round (65th overall) at Penn State. He played two seasons for the Browns and two for Tampa Bay before joining the Raiders in 2020. He has 20 1/2 sacks in 73 career games.