Las Vegas Raiders defensive lineman Carl Nassib turned the primary energetic participant in league historical past to return out as homosexual in June.
In a latest interview on “Comeback Tales” with Darren Waller and Donny Starkins, Nassib mentioned he was involved that popping out would smash his NFL profession.
“I considered it each on occasion. Considered how I wished to do it. Once I may do it,” Nassib mentioned on the present. “I did not know the way folks would react. I wished to verify I used to be financially secure earlier than I did it. I did not know if it might smash my profession. I did not know if guys could be supportive or not.”
Nassib mentioned that he realized he was homosexual 4 years in the past, and he didn’t need to come out immediately as a result of he was extra centered on his profession and establishing himself within the league. Nassib felt prefer it was his accountability to return out and make it sociably acceptable within the locker room.
“Once I determined to return out, it was not simple,” Nassib mentioned. “Personally, for my life, I did not need to do it. However I felt an enormous obligation to my group, to all of the younger youngsters on the market who’re scuffling with their sexuality. If I may assist only a few of them out, then I may sleep higher at night time.”
Earlier than Nassib, no overtly homosexual or bisexual participant had beforehand performed a regular-season down within the NFL. Michael Sam was overtly homosexual when drafted out of the College of Missouri in 2014. However Sam by no means made a roster spot within the league.