Carl Nassib has been granted the day off by the Las Vegas Raiders after several homophobic comments attributed to the former head coach Jon Gruden surfaced online, according to TMZ. Nassib’s personal connection to Gruden as his coach, and his status as the NFL’s only openly gay player has brought a bit of attention to this situation.
Nassib requested some time off in the wake of Gruden’s ouster from the league. “He just said he’s got a lot to process,” said Raiders GM Mike Mayock. Gruden resigned from his position this week.
He continued: “There’s a lot that’s been going on the last few days. And, of course, we support that request.” Mayock said he’s been in contact with Nassib since the incident and expects to meet with the player later Wednesday.
Nassib has yet to issue an official statement on the situation. His personal day request comes in the wake of an online email leak that revealed Gruden had used derogatory remarks against the LGBT community.
Nassib previously said he reconsidered the decision to go public in regards to his sexual preferences due to several reasons including him not knowing “if guys would be supportive or not.”
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