Carl Nassib’s NFL jersey sales spike after he turned gay

Carl Nassib’s NFL jersey sales are on the rise after the Las Vegas footballer announced he was gay last week. Nassib, who plays for the Raiders, had the best-selling jersey, No.94, on Monday and Tuesday across all Fanatics-owned clothing sites, according to the company.

The jersey sells for $ 120. It’s not just Nassib’s jersey sales that are on the rise. Memories linked to him, including his autographed rookie card and game-worn jersey, also saw an increase in sales, CBS News reported.

“Demand is currently at an all time high,” Jordan Gilroy, director of acquisitions for New Jersey auction firm Lelands, told CBS News. “One of his jerseys, if it were to be sold at an auction like ours, it could cost thousands and thousands of dollars when it was probably, you know, worth hundreds of dollars last week.”

Nassib is now the first active openly gay NFL player after announcing him in an Instagram video during Pride Month.

“I just think representation and visibility are so important,” Nassib said in the video. “I actually hope that someday videos like this and the whole release process just won’t be necessary, but until then I’m going to do my best and do my part to cultivate a culture. who accepts, who is compassionate. “

He also added that he would donate $ 100,000 to the Trevor Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to LGBTQ + suicide prevention.

President Biden last week acknowledged Nassib’s announcement and called him an “inspirational athlete.”

“Because of you, countless children around the world see themselves in a new light today,” Biden said.

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