Cape Breton Post



Nassib, 28, made headlines worldwide Monday when he became the first active player in National Football League history to openly say he is gay.

“I actually hope that, one day, videos like this and the whole coming-out process are just not necessary,” Nassib, a lineman with the Los Angeles Raiders who’s entering his sixth NFL season, said in an Instagram video.

“But until then, I’m going to do my best and do my part to cultivate a culture that’s accepting, that’s compassion­ate and I’m going to start by donating $100,000 to the Trevor Project.” The Trevor Project is a U.S.-based suicide prevention program for LGBTQ youth.

A welcome sign was that Nassib’s employers, teammates and opposing players, along with other sports luminaries and many others, quickly and publicly praised his courageous choice.

A major U.S. sports apparel company announced that Nassib’s No. 94 Raiders’ shirt was their top selling football jersey on Monday and Tuesday.

Nassib, of course, is far from the only active gay pro athlete in North America’s big four leagues.

But it’s telling that he’s currently the only one in either the NFL, National Hockey League, National Basketball Associatio­n and Major League Baseball willing to declare that he’s gay.

Sexual orientatio­n is irrelevant to a person’s worth or humanity.

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