Derek Carr, the quarterback for the Oakland Raiders, made a powerful statement to his teammate Carl Nassib on Twitter after he came out as gay. “I love you bro,” Carr said in response to Nassib’s tweet.
The Carl Nassib is a football player who came out as gay on twitter. Derek Carr, the quarterback for the Oakland Raiders, sent him a tweet saying that he would have his back no matter what.
Derek Carr, the quarterback of the Las Vegas Raiders, claims he had no clue when defensive end Carl Nassib came out as homosexual in June. But, as he told the podcast “Brothers from Another,” he spent no time in assuring his colleague that he had his complete support.
When Nassib made his Instagram video revelation, he became the first active out homosexual NFL player, and Carr claimed he was as shocked as everyone else when he watched it.
However, the team captain and face of the club was outspoken in his support at the time, telling presenters Michael Smith and Michael Holley on the podcast: “He never spoke about it to any of the guys.”
“When he took his phone and did it that way [on Instagram], it was his moment.” And I dialed his number. I texted him while he was exercising exercise. And he responded with an SMS.
“‘Derek, you have no clue how much it meant to me that you reached out,’ he added. ‘I was hoping you would contact out,’ he replied. I’ll let his words speak for themselves, but I wanted him to know.”
End of the defensive line Carl Nassib, pictured here with Raiders teammates celebrating an interception, is the first active NFL player to retire. Getty Images/Ethan Miller
Carr claims he told Nassib that the locker room would be a safe haven, that the quarterback would ‘have his back,’ and that football and winning championships would remain their top priorities.
“I said, ‘Man, buddy, I want you to know this,’” he said. I told Carl about it, and I’ll tell you about it now. ‘Bro, if no one else has your back and no one else will speak to you, I’ll talk to you,’ I replied.
“‘I love you, Bro,’ I replied. ‘And I’m here to help.’ And he says something like, ‘Thank you, buddy.’ And we had a fantastic discussion.
“So, if he walks into the locker room and someone doesn’t agree with him, I’m like, ‘That’s OK, as long as you love him [Nassib],” I said. ‘Don’t treat him any differently.’
“That’s our brother there, dude. We’re aiming for a Super Bowl victory. We’re attempting to assist him in becoming the greatest version of himself possible.”
Carr was far from the only NFL player to congratulate the former Tampa Bay Buccaneer, with Saquon Barkley, Julian Edelman, Trace McSorley, Darius Stills, and Malcolm Jenkins among others to do so.
JJ Watt commented on Nassib’s article, saying: “Carl, I applaud you. I’m glad you felt safe enough to share, and perhaps these kinds of announcements won’t be deemed breaking news in the future.”
Nassib, who was a walk-on at Penn State and didn’t earn his first start until his senior year before thriving in the NFL, is no stranger to hardship and is well aware that the road ahead may be difficult.
Nassib’s promise to raise money for the Trevor Project, a suicide prevention organization for LGBTQ+ adolescents, was met with instant success. The NFL matched his $100,000 contribution, and the Trevor Project claims that donations have increased by 100 percent as a result of Nassib’s appeal.
On Outsports, communications manager Rob Todaro stated, “It’s amazing to see, particularly because these contributions will help us grow our organization to address the needs of the 1.8 million LGBTQ young people who we estimate seriously contemplate suicide each year only in the United States.”
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