Carl Nassib, the NFL’s only openly gay player, is given ‘personal day’ after coach Jon Gruden’s homophobic emails were exposed: Raiders general manager says the defensive end has ‘a lot to process’
- Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib, the NFL’s only openly gay player, was granted a rare personal day on Wednesday after head coach Jon Gruden resigned
- Gruden stepped down after old emails of his were leaked containing anti-gay slurs. The emails were part of an NFL probe into the Washington Football Team
- Raiders general manager Mike Mayock told reporters on Wednesday that Nassib asked for the day off: ‘He just said he’s got a lot to process’
- In one email, Gruden suggested the Rams drafted a gay player, Michael Sam, under pressure from the league. Ex-Rams coach Jeff Fisher has denied this
Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib, the NFL’s only openly gay player, was granted a rare personal day on Wednesday after head coach Jon Gruden resigned over the revelation of racist, homophobic emails.
In a series of emails from 2011 to 2018 that were leaked to The New York Times this week, Gruden used several anti-gay slurs, such as ‘f******’ and ‘queers,’ in addition to other racist and misogynistic terminology.
Raiders general manager Mike Mayock told reporters on Wednesday that Nassib asked for the day off.
‘He just said he’s got a lot to process,’ Mayock said.
‘There’s a lot that’s been going on the last few days. And, of course, we support that request.’
Mayock did not say if Nassib would be sidelined for Sunday’s game against the Broncos in Denver.
Nassib came out during Pride Month on June 21, announcing on Instagram that he planned on donating $10,000 The Trevor Project, which seeks to prevent suicides among LGBTQ youth.
Gruden resigned Monday after emails he sent to then-Washington Football Team executive Bruce Allen between 2011 and 2018 surfaced in which he used racist, misogynistic and homophobic language to criticize league figures.
The emails, which Gruden wrote when he worked as an ESPN analyst, were part of the NFL’s 10-month investigation into hostile workplace allegations against the WFT. The probe ended in July with the club getting fined $10 million by the league and team owner Dan Snyder agreeing to step away from day-to-day operations of the club for a period of months.
As first reported by the Times, Gruden wrote then-Washington Football Team executive Bruce Allen in 2015 to complain that another gay player, Michael Sam, was drafted by the St. Louis Rams. In the email, Gruden claims that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell pressured then-Rams coach Jeff Fisher to draft ‘queers.’
Redacted versions of some of Gruden’s emails were also filed in federal court last June as part of Snyder’s efforts to compel Allen to produce discovery in a separate lawsuit filed in India. One of the emails included in the court filing and reviewed by DailyMail.com appears to the one referenced by the Times.
‘I agree,’ wrote an ‘ESPN Personality’ whose name was redacted in the court filing. ‘[Redacted] shouldn’t call [redacted] and tell him to draft queers either.’
Fisher, who was fired by the Rams in 2016, has denied facing any pressure to draft Sam, who ultimately did not make the team out of training camp and settled for a practice squad role.
‘Michael Sam was the SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2013, and we selected him in the 2014 NFL Draft based upon his defensive production and pass rushing skill set on the field,’ Fisher wrote in his statement, referring to Sam’s tenure at Missouri.
‘As a head coach for over 20 years, we drafted or didn’t draft, players based on a variety of qualities,’ Fisher continued. ‘Their sexual orientation would never — and should never — play a part in the decision-making process. I continue to support Michael, and his decision to come out as the first draft-eligible openly gay player in the league. It took courage to serve as a role model for those competitive football players who may also happen to be gay.’
Sam, a star defensive end at Missouri, has not commented on Gruden’s emails publicly.