Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib announced yesterday on Instagram that he is gay. It makes him the first active NFL player to come out as gay.
Good for him and good for the Raiders. His announcement shows that the team has created a positive atmosphere conducive to a player coming out as gay. I hope that Carl Nassib’s announcement will allow other gay players in the NFL to make similar announcements. When people decide to come out publicly, it helps other gay people, especially young people. It lets them know that being gay is okay. It lets their friends and loved ones know that being gay is okay.
Once upon a time, I was a Raiders supporter
I grew up a Raiders fan. My fandom only grew when the Raiders moved to Los Angeles. I was what you would call a Los Angeles Raiders fanatic. I never painted my face or dressed like an Orc from the Lord of the Rings movies. Los Angeles Raiders fans didn’t do that sort of thing. We weren’t weirdos like that.
Then the Raiders moved back to Oakland in 1995. The move angered me. It was a betrayal. The Raiders left Oakland in 1982 for a reason. Returning to Oakland after winning a Super Bowl in Los Angeles was insulting and stupid.
I was happy the Raiders moved to Las Vegas. It meant they were finally over the unhealthy and disgusting Oakland thing. Las Vegas is only a four-hour car ride from Los Angeles. When the Raiders moved to Las Vegas, it felt like they were returning to LA. Sort of.
Carl Nassib did a good thing
Carl Nassib coming out brought honor to himself, the Raiders organization, and the NFL. Not all heroes wear capes. Sometimes they wear Silver & Black. Carl Nassib is a bonified hero.