NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell “Proud” of Carl Nassib

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell "Proud" of Carl Nassib

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell “Proud” of Carl Nassib!

Roger Goodell said in a statement that the league “is proud of Carl for courageously sharing his truth today.” reports NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said, “representation matters” in the NFL.

Roger Goodell had this to say about Carl Nassib after the Raiders DL announced he is gay.

He said:

We share his hope that someday soon statements like his will no longer be newsworthy as we march toward full equality for the LGBTQ+ community. We wish Carl the best of luck this coming season.

NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith added:

Our union supports Carl and his work with the Trevor Project is proof that he — like our membership — is about making his community and this world a better place not for themselves, but for others.

After Nassib’s announcement, Raiders owner Mark Davis told ESPN:

It’s 2021. All the more power to Carl. It doesn’t change my opinion of him as a person or as a Raider.

Coach Jon Gruden added via text message to ESPN:

I learned a long time ago what makes a man different is what makes him great.

The team also responded to Nassib’s post on Instagram with three black hearts, as well as with a tweet:

James Franklin, Nassib’s former coach at Penn State, said:

Carl’s brave announcement will forge a path for others to be true to their authentic self. I was proud of Carl when he led the nation in sacks, but I’m even more proud of him now.

Nassib joined the Raiders in 2020 on a three-year, $25 million free-agent deal, with $16.75 million guaranteed. He had 2.5 sacks and an interception in 14 games, with five starts, for Las Vegas last season.

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