Derek Carr: Nobody on Raiders has treated Carl Nassib any differently

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Raiders defensive lineman Carl Nassib announced in June that he is gay. That makes him the NFL’s only openly gay player.

Nassib received support from others around the NFL immediately after his video, but everyone was watching to see the reception he would receive within the team once training camp started.

It’s been all positive so far, according to Raiders quarterback Derek Carr.

“Yeah, like I said, whether you agree or disagree with someone, like we talk about all the time, in this country if you disagree with someone you automatically hate them. I’m like, ‘That couldn’t be further from the truth.’ I know a lot of people that disagree with me, or I disagree with them, and they are some of my best friends,” Carr said, via Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “When he came in, I just like to watch, and not one person from my point of view has treated him any different. He may have a different story, but I don’t know what his story is. But from my point of view, his locker is just a few down from mine, and I want to make sure that he knows that we just want him to play as hard as he can so we can win a Super Bowl.

“Like that’s what we’re here to do, whether someone agrees or disagrees with what he does off the field, that’s everybody’s opinion and leave it like that. But we’re still a family when we come in this building. We better treat him like such, and so from my point of view, it’s been good. But I don’t know if Carl would say the same. I don’t know. From what I’ve seen, it’s been good.”

12 responses to “Derek Carr: Nobody on Raiders has treated Carl Nassib any differently

  1. As they shouldn’t. This is football. Do your job, be a team player. That’s all that matters.

  2. I think only the media cares. Most people just care of he plays well and is a good teammate. The media likes controversy and division, it sells.

  3. The fact that Carr has to make this statement tells me we are not where we need to be yet.

  4. If we keep talking about it, like the media hopes, someone will say something negative, just like they hope.

  5. I would imagine it won’t be so nice come game time. I mean, who can blame all those defensive linemen from trying to gain a competitive advantage? After all, we’ve been reading a lot on here about players talking about getting vaccinated because they’re willing to do whatever it takes to win a championship.

  6. Has he like, observed every interaction the guy has had? With all due respect we won’t ever really know the answer to this. If he has been treated different, Nassib isn’t going to say anything publicly.

  7. This is weird.. All he’s talking about is ‘agree or disagree’ and it would have been nice for him to say that he just supports his teammate, so that means some dudes in that locker room aren’t cool with it, and honestly it really doesn’t matter in any way, what do you think he’s going jump you in the shower?? Grow up

  8. carr should have kept his mouth shut. his antipathy couched as agree/disagree is obvious. thus if that was the best he could muster as qb and leader of the team, he should have just kept his mouth shut.

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