Nassib shocked the sports world yesterday when he opened up about his sexuality. The Oakland Raiders defensive end became the league’s first active player in NFL history to come out as gay. While he’s received tons of support since sharing the news with the public, some have unfortunately made jokes at his expense.
The View‘s Joy Behar inserted her entire foot into her mouth when attempting to make a joke about Carl Nassib this morning. In addition, she tried to walk her comments back later in the show. However, the damage had already been done. Not long after, Behar’s comments started to make their way around social media as controversy ensued.
Journalist Justin Baragona posted a clip of Behar’s remarks about Carl Nassib to Twitter. As the women on The View spoke about the football player, Behar chimed in: “After they said ‘penetration in the end zone,’ they lost me!”
Her remarks drew mixed reactions from her co-hosts. Ana Navarro inserted her fingers into her ears as she laughed. Sara Haines groaned before putting her head down for a few seconds. Sunny Hostin simply shook her head at the comment. And finally, Meghan McCain seemed somewhat stunned before raising her eyebrows at Behar. Later on in the episode, Behar tried to sweep her inappropriate joke under the rug.
“I just long for the day when you can just be gay in the world, and it doesn’t become a big deal. By the way, that inappropriate joke I made for daytime television? Scratch it. Make believe I never said it,” Behar said referencing Carl Nassib and her joke.
Carl Nassib Comes Out as Gay in Shared Instagram Post
On Monday, Oakland Raiders defensive linesman Carl Nassib opened up to his fans and followers on Instagram about being a gay man in the NFL. The football player shared an open and honest video of himself coming out to the world while in his hometown of West Chester, Pennsylvania.
“I just wanted to take a quick moment to say that I’m gay,” Nassib said. “I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now but finally feel comfortable getting it off my chest. I really have the best life, the best family, friends and job a guy can ask for.”
“I’m a pretty private person so I hope you guys know that I’m not doing this for attention. I just think that representation and visibility are so important,” Nassib added. “I actually hope that one day, videos like this and the whole coming out process are not necessary. But until then I will do my best and my part to cultivate a culture that’s accepting and compassionate.”
The player went on to thank his friends and family for their support, which he says were vital for his coming out process. He also thanked the entire Raiders franchise for their support as well. Furthermore, Nassib made it a point to donate $100,000 to The Trevor Project and explain more about the organization. They are the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to the LGBTQ+ young, according to their website.