NFL Player’s Jersey Becomes Top Seller After He Reveals He’s Gay


Sales of Carl Nassib’s jersey surged after the Las Vegas Raiders defensive end became the first active NFL player to come out as gay.

His was the top-selling NFL jersey on Monday and Tuesday through Fanatics Inc., according to a spokesman for the sports-licensing company. Fanatics didn’t specify how many of the products have been sold.

The previously low-profile athlete became the center of attention in the sports world and beyond after he announced on Monday that he’s gay. “I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now, but I’m finally comfortable enough to get it off my chest,” he said in a video posted to Instagram.

The milestone was praised by National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell and others. The NFL announced that it would match Nassib’s $100,000 donation to the Trevor Project, a national organization focused on LGBTQ crisis and suicide prevention efforts.

The jersey sales spike was noted earlier on Twitter by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

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