Carl Nassib Takes Personal Day After Raiders Coach Jon Gruden Resigns for Homophobic Emails
Defensive end Carl Nassib # 94 of the Las Vegas Raiders leaves the field after the Raiders defeat the Denver Broncos 37-12 at Allegiant Stadium on November 15, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Carl Nassib is taking a break after the events surrounding his soccer team and his former head coach.
The defensive end for the Las Vegas Raiders, 28, lasted a personal day on Wednesday after it was announced earlier this week that the team's head coach, Jon Gruden, is stepping down due to an email scandal containing homophobic slurs.
At a press conference, Raiders general manager Mike Mayock stated that Nassib - currently the only active National Football League player to come out as gay - has asked for a day off.
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"He just said he had a lot to process," Mayock added. "A lot has happened in the last few days and of course we support this request."
A Nassib representative did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.
The news comes after Raiders head coach Jon Gruden resigned Monday after leaked emails revealed profane and homophobic language.
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In numerous e-mails over several years, Gruden used "occasionally and frequently" homophobic language to refer to NFL officials and players, according to a report in the New York Times.
In an email, Gruden called the league commissioner Roger Goodell an “unsuspecting anti-soccer P ----” and insisted he shouldn't have pressured then Rams head coach Jeff Fisher to “queers “Regarding Michael Sam, the NFL's first openly gay athlete.
In another email, Gruden suggested firing Eric Reid for demonstrating during the national anthem, the Times reported.
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Following this and other emails from Gruden using racist language, the former coach wrote in his resignation letter on Monday that he "never intended to hurt anyone".
"I resigned as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders. I love the Raiders and don't want to be a distraction," the statement said. "Thanks to all of the Raider Nation players, coaches, staff and fans. I'm sorry, I never meant to hurt anyone."
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