Since becoming gay, the Las Vegas Raider Carl Nassib jersey has been the best-selling NFL gear on Fanatics, according to ESPN.
Fans picked up more defensive lineman jerseys from the Fanatics merchandise platform than any other NFL player on Monday and Tuesday, ESPN Adam schefter reported.
Nassib came out as gay in an Instagram post on Monday, making him the NFL’s first openly gay active player.
On Tuesday, the NFL announced it would match a $ 100,000 donation made by Nassib to the Trevor Project, a nonprofit crisis and suicide prevention organization for LGBT youth.
The fanatics did not immediately return a request for comment from Forbes.
Nassib’s announcement was met with support from the league and several of his colleagues. “The NFL family are proud of you Carl,” the NFL tweeted in response to Nassib’s video, and a handful of Nassib’s Raiders teammates like Darius Stills and Maxx Crosby have posted messages of support. “I’m a pretty private person, so I hope you know I’m really not doing this for attention,” Nassib said in the video. “I just think representation and visibility are so important.” All-American defensive lineman Michael Sam became gay before he was drafted in 2014, but never played in a regular-season game until he was released from the St. Louis Rams after a year. A handful of NFL players came out, but after leaving the league, like David Kopay, Roy Simmons and Esera Tuaolo.
Carl Nassib of the Las Vegas Raiders becomes the only active NFL player to say he’s gay (Forbes)