The NFL has had a history of being a place that wasn’t very open or accepting of LGBTQ athletes and community members. When Michael Sams was drafted in 2014, people wondered if the fact that he was gay influenced his draft position and opportunities. Players were asked questions during draft interviews to see if they were gay—presumably to prevent them from coming into the league.
Carl Nassib of the Las Vegas Raiders took a bold step and let the public know this was a barrier that needed to fall, and with near certainty had fallen before, and that he wouldn’t live in the closet. Nassib sent the message along with a $100,000 donation to the Trevor Project. The response from NFL players and the league was instant.
Thank you, Carl, for using Pride month to tell people you aren’t planning to hide, and that the NFL is changing and reflective of our country.