One of the most important cultural stages in the recent history of North American sports took place with a lot of noise and circumstances in side-by-side.
No overtly gay player in the NFL’s 102-year history had appeared in the regular season until September 13, when the Las Vegas Raiders line of defense took to the field at the age of six. He does it in every game. Professional career.
Amid the spectacle of a football game on Monday night, a moment of overcoming bliss occurred for fans at the official unveiling of their new $2 billion black plane. The biggest credit for Naseeb’s accomplishments came from some of the staff wearing the number 94 jersey rather than some of the other regulated moves.
He will do it again on Sunday when the Raiders take over the Steelers, a concerted effort to take what fate and team have achieved, and let others know and analyze if there has been a significant cultural shift. League.
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“That this is not a nuisance, I consider a very positive sign,” said Richard Lapchik, director of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport. “This is a sign of how much is being received and no serious noise is being made.”
On June 21, Naseeb appeared in a gay video posted on his Instagram account saying he had kept his sexuality secret for 15 years. The one-minute video, which was shot outside his West Chester, Pennsylvania home, sparked a barrage of congratulatory messages on social media, including from NFL teammates, celebrities, and President Biden. According to e-commerce partner Fanatics, Fates shirts became the best-selling in the NFL in 24 hours.
Fortunately, 15 players have been identified as gay or bisexual in the league’s history, according to OutSports, a news website that deals with LGBTQ athletes and sports topics. But unlike Fates, he reveals his sexuality after his matchday ends or never shows up at regular season games.
Ahead of the season, Naseeb said he would donate $100,000 to The Trevor Project, a crisis intervention organization for LGBT youth. Trevor Project CEO Amit Pale said he contacted the organization about two months before his Instagram post to discuss a plan. In his interview, Paley said that Naseeb wanted to raise awareness about LGBTQ issues rather than just focusing on himself.
Forty percent of the more than 60,000 young respondents in Project Trevor’s 2020 LGBTQ survey said they had thought about suicide, and in another poll released by the organization this month, 68 percent said they had school or had attended a community club. . not participate in the game. for fear of discrimination.
With Luck’s publications spreading, traffic to Project Trevor’s website grew by more than 350 percent, and by the end of this week the organization had received at least $225,000 in donations.
“I don’t think Carl really wanted it to be a big deal, and hopefully one day when someone comes out it won’t be a big deal,” Pally said in an interview. “But of course it’s a big deal to come out and be first.”
A month later, the problem was solved with the start of the training camp. According to fanatics, the Fates jersey no longer leads the league in sales but remains in the Raiders top 5 players.
He turned down several interview requests and only spoke publicly once before the first game. Against the Baltimore Ravens, Naseeb played 44% defensive clicks in a rotating role and made three fights. But in extra time he clashed with Ravens defender Lamar Jackson over the sack and had to fight off a robber’s defence. The foul scored to win the game, 33-27, two games later.
Now on his third team since the Cleveland Browns promoted him in 2016, he leads the nation at Penn State with 15.5 sacks as a senior and won the Lombardy Award for best athlete in the nation. He said he tries to remember things from every game, but especially felt the win on Monday night.
“It was really something special,” Nasieb said at his post-match press conference. “I’m really happy we won today, which makes a bit of history.”
His team-mates did not mention Nasieb’s historic role in the win. Coach John Gruden only praised his performance on the field. Defense attorney Max Crosby also put it simply, “Carl is a bowler and I’m proud of this man.”
ESPN, the network that broadcasts the game, also improves Luck’s performance. He shared a 28-second video in the third quarter with a clip from his Instagram video and a few photos. At an alternate ESPN2 show starring retired NFL defenders Peyton Manning and Eli Manning, former NBA player Charles Barkley appeared as a guest wearing a lucky jersey.
On the one hand, the attitude of impartial coverage mimicked the entry of other professional male athletes playing their first game after exiting. Former NBA player Jason Collins received modest praise from the opposing crowd when he played for the Nets in 2014, 10 months after he announced he was gay.
But there was no other form of recognition in the arena, and Collins and his teammates shrugged their shoulders for the news media.
Robbie Rodgers, the first MLS player to appear in the game when discovered to be gay, said things felt “normal” in the typical atmosphere of the 2013 Los Angeles Galaxy game.
Nasieb said in August that his team-mates had supported him since he left. The Raiders had no comment on the player, but defender Derek Carr, who said his locker wasn’t far from happy, said during training camp that he saw nothing against him.
“When he came in, I just loved watching and, from my point of view, nobody treated him any differently,” Carr said.
Former Raiders CEO Amy Trask said this was in line with the team’s tradition of always being committed to diversity. In 1997 she became the first female NFL manager. Tom Flores, an American from Mexico, became the first Latino coach in the NFL to win the Super Bowl and won two with the Raiders in the 1980s and 1983, 1968 when the Raiders in the AFL played.
Trask said he wasn’t focused on the story of his first day or how his colleagues treated him. He wasn’t surprised by the way Naseeb and the Raiders did last week.
“This is an organization that has experience in recruiting regardless of race, gender or other people, whether you can work or not,” Trask said in an interview. “From my point of view, it’s very special that Carl is a striker.
“He did his job with the exit, just like everyone wants every player to do their job,” he said.
If things continue to work well, Wayne Mabri, perhaps the Raiders’ most famous fan, says Luck’s sexuality won’t change his view of the player. For nearly 30 years, Mabri, known as the Intruder, has been involved in nearly every Raiders home game, dressed like a pirate in black and silver face paint, leather boots and pointy shoulder pads.
He said it was a tribute, inspired in part by the team’s reputation as the league’s “bad boys”. It doesn’t matter, he says, that a gay player is on a team with a difficult historical idea.
“Soldiers come in all shapes and sizes,” said Mabri, 64. “It’s about what you put on the table. Even though he can help us win, for me he is a fighter. “