In the 24 hours since Carl Nassib became the first active NFL player to go gay, the Las Vegas Raiders defensive end’s jersey has been the best-selling item in the league, according to Fanatics.
Nassib, 28, made the announcement Monday in a video posted to Instagram from his home in West Chester, Pa. In the video, Nassib says, âI just want to take a moment to say I’m gay. I’ve wanted to do this for a while now, but I finally feel comfortable enough to pull it off my chest. really the best life, i have the best family, the best friends and the best job a guy could ask for. I’m a pretty private person so i hope you know i really don’t do this to attract the beware. think representation and visibility are so important. “
Fanatics, the official e-commerce partner of the NFL, said Nassib had the top-selling NFL jersey on Monday and Tuesday on the company’s online store network.
As part of his announcement, Nassib pledged $ 100,000 to the Trevor Project, an organization that provides crisis and suicide prevention services to the LGBTQ + community.
The NFL confirmed to ABC News on Tuesday that it would match Nassib’s $ 100,000 donation.
President Joe Biden also offered his support, write on twitter, “To Carl Nassib and Kumi Yokoyama – two prominent and inspiring athletes who stepped out this week: I am so proud of your courage. Thanks to you, countless children around the world are seeing themselves in a new light today.”
Yokoyama, a forward for the Washington Spirit of the NWSL and the Japan national team, was revealed to be a transgender man in a YouTube video posted on Sunday.
To Carl Nassib and Kumi Yokoyama – two prominent and inspiring athletes who stepped out this week: I am so proud of your courage. Thanks to you, countless children around the world see themselves in a new light today.
– President Biden (@POTUS) June 23, 2021
Also on Tuesday, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr told reporters he contacted Nassib directly following his announcement, saying it was important to tell Nassib he loved him.
âI’ve said many times that I love my teammates. I really mean that,â Carr said. “We always say we’re family in that Raider locker room, and so do we. I want to win a championship here with Carl and the rest of our teammates.”
In a statement released Monday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league “is proud of Carl for courageously sharing his truth.”
âRepresentation matters,â Goodell said. “We share his hope that one day soon statements like his will no longer be newsworthy as we march towards full equality for the LGBTQ + community. We wish Carl the best of luck in the season ahead.”
Information from Paul Gutierrez of ESPN has been included in this report.