Carl Nassib hopes to keep playing

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In recent days, some have suggested that free-agent defensive end Carl Nassib’s decision to declare his sexuality publicly has contributed to his current status as unemployed. While there’s no specific reason at this point to believe that has happened, the coaches who would shy away from signing Nassib due to the perceived “distraction” (even though his status was a non-issue for the Raiders in 2021) probably won’t be declaring it to the world.

Coincidentally, or not, Nassib appeared earlier today on Good Morning America to reflect on his decision from roughly a year ago. Nassib said that he “was met with the most incredible support” from his teammates.

“I just wanted to show that it really doesn’t matter — your sexual orientation,” Nassib said.

Nassib was asked about his future NFL career. At age 29, he remains interested in playing.

“It was a great time,” Nassib said of his time with the Raiders. “I have so much love for Las Vegas. It allowed me to do a lot of great things. And I think that there’ll be more — there’ll be better opportunities in the future.”

He didn’t name any teams that may currently be interested. He said that “the best scenario for me is, like, the best opportunity to show what I got.” Nasib added that he’s “got a lot in the tank.”

Nassib’s decision to declare his sexuality a year ago made news. He hopes that, eventually, situations like this won’t.

“[I] actually hope that one day videos like this and the whole coming out process are just not necessary,” Nassib said. “When people come out, they’re coming out of the closet because they’re afraid. They have fear that they’re gonna have negative impact on their life, on their relationships, on their job.”

Hopefully, that will be the case. People are who they are. Life is hard enough without worrying about being someone other than who you are.

Hopefully, our society will keep moving in the right direction in this regard, and not regress.

Hopefully, owners, General Managers, and coaches will make decisions about Nassib based only on his skills and abilities as a football player.

9 responses to “Carl Nassib hopes to keep playing

  1. He seemed like a good teammate and fine rotational player during his time in Cleveland.

  2. As a defensive end, he has played 6 years and 86 games (14 per year on average).

    1 career interception
    4 forced fumbles, 1 recovered
    22 sacks (or 3.8 per year) – of which he had 1.5 last year and 2.5 the year before
    164 tackles (or 27 per season – roughly 2 per game played)

    Where it took courage to publicly admit his sexuality, his play on the field has not been dominant. His numbers have gone down the last couple of years, and he is too far into his career to be an up and coming player. I think those are the reasons he is without a team currently, not his orientation.

  3. If he hadn’t come out as gay, no one would be questioning his status. Been a middling producer his entire career…never seemed to take a step to the next level…released by Cleveland and Tampa before making his sexual orientation public. Are there teams shying away for reasons other than ability? Probably. Are there teams that would sign him if he had played better in the past? Unquestionably.

  4. Look for him to sign sometime during training camp, get cur and resigned after the season starts, probably with the colts.

  5. The only thing unfortunate about Nassib’s situation is that he profiles as a fringe-roster player at this stage (3 teams in 6 years, solid but not standout tape and stats). He’s just good enough that we can’t completely waive off that his sexuality could factor in to team decision-making, but he’s also fringe enough that his sexuality could truly have zero bearing and this is just the way the league sees him as a player. That leads to speculation on both ends, and speculation is less than ideal. I wish him well either way!

  6. Seems like a good dude. It will come down to his playing ability. But I also think you need to direct your questions to the NFL players sharing the locker room if his orientation is a problem or not.

  7. His public declaration isn’t the reason he isn’t on a team this year, however, it likely was the reason he wasn’t cut mid-season last year. He hasn’t shown that he can even be a rotational player since 2019.

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