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Raiders, Saquon Barkley, NFL Twitter reacts to Carl Nassib’s departure: ‘Proud of you Carl’

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Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib became the first active NFL player to come out as gay Monday night.

Nassib made the announcement on Instagram and also said that he would donate $ 100,000 to The Trevor project, an organization focused on suicide prevention efforts in the LGBTQ + community.

News of Nassib’s announcement quickly spread through the NFL and was quickly met with positive messages from players, teams and executives. That included some candid comments from Raiders owner Mark Davis.

“It’s 2021,” Davis said, according to ESPN’s Paul Gutiérrez. “More power for Carl. It doesn’t change my opinion of him as a person or as a Raider. “

MORE: Derek Carr Says He Would Rather ‘Quit Soccer’ Than Play For A Team Other Than The Raiders

The NFL also issued an official statement saying they were “proud” of him.

“The NFL family is proud of Carl for courageously sharing his truth today,” the statement read. “Representation matters. We share your hope that one day statements like yours will no longer be newsworthy as we march toward full equality for the LGBTQ + community. We wish Carl the best of luck in the upcoming season.”

Here are some of the other Twitter messages that came through in support of Nassib, including posts from the Raiders, the NFL, and former Nassib college teammate Saquon Barkley.

That said, at least one player doesn’t want people to forget about Michael Sam, another pioneer at the NFL level.

Sam came out gay before the 2014 NFL Draft and was selected in the seventh round by the Rams. However, he did not make the team’s 53-man roster as a rookie, so he was never on an active NFL roster.

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