HENDERSON, Nevada – Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr continues to show his support for teammate Carl Nassib, the first openly gay active player in the NFL, and says he saw no problems for the defensive defensive end during training camp.
“When he came in [the locker room]”I just love to watch, and from my point of view no one treated him differently,” said Carr. “He may have a different story; I do not know. I don’t know what his story is. But from my point of view – his locker is steps away from mine – and I just want to make sure he knows this man, we just want him to play as hard as possible so we can win a super bowl. That’s what we’re here for. “
Nassib, who hadn’t spoken to the media at the training camp, announced on Jan.
Raiders owner Mark Davis and trainer Jon Gruden were among those who supported Nassib after his announcement.
“It’s 2021. All the more power for Carl,” Davis told ESPN. “It doesn’t change my opinion of him as a person or as a raider.”
Gruden told ESPN, “I learned a long time ago that what makes a man different is what makes him great.”
Carr said the locker room was geared towards Nassib’s role as a teammate.
“Whether or not someone agrees with what they’re doing on or off the field, that’s everyone’s opinion and leave it that way,” said Carr. “But we’re still family when we get into this building. We’d better treat it that way. And so it was good from my point of view.”