Carl Nassib – the only openly gay NFL player – was given a day off by the Raiders on Wednesday … after his former head coach, Jon Gruden, was ousted for spitting homophobic comments in emails.
General Manager of the Las Vegas Raiders, Mike Mayock, just told reporters that Nassib asked for the “personal day” after Gruden left… explaining: “He just said he has a lot to deal with. “
“A lot has happened in the last few days,” Mayock said of Nassib’s situation. “And, of course, we support this request. “
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Mayock added that he had already spoken to Nassib on several occasions following Gruden’s departure … and planned to meet with him later on Wednesday as well.
Mayock did not say if he expected Nassib to play on Sunday when the Raiders face the Broncos.
As we previously reported, Gruden resigned as Raiders head coach after emails from the 58-year-old containing anti-gay rhetoric surfaced this week.
Some of the posts included the vile words “f *****” and “queer”.
Nassib has yet to comment publicly on all of this … but he said just a few weeks ago that he avoided making public with his earlier sexual preferences because, among other reasons, he “didn’t know whether guys would be supportive or not.”
Nassib has played in all 5 Raiders games this season… registering 1.5 sacks.