Openly gay football star Carl Nassib has reportedly been released from the Las Vegas Raiders. Last year, the 29-year-old sent shockwaves through the NFL and wider professional sports community when he came out as gay. “What’s up people?
I’m at my house in West Chester Pennsylvania. I just wanted to take a quick moment to say that I’m gay,” he revealed in an Instagram post. “I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now but I finally feel comfortable enough to get it off my chest.” Since that day, the defensive end became the first out active player in the NFL and the first openly gay player to compete in an NFL playoff game.
After having a monumental 2021-2022 season, Nassib’s time with the Raiders has allegedly come to an end. According to a report from ESPN reporter Adam Schefter, the team’s decision to release the defensive end was financially based. “Carl Nassib will be designated a post June 1 release, saving the Raiders $8 million against the cap, per source.