Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr insists the Raiders have fully accepted Carl Nessib after he came out as gay this summer. Nessib, who was taken in the third round of the 2016 NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns, signed with the Raiders last year.
"When he came in [the locker room], I just like to watch, and not one person, from my point of view, has treated him any different," Carr said, per ESPN. "He may have a different story; I don't know. I don't know what his story is.
But from my point of view -- his locker is just a few down from mine -- and I just want to make sure that he knows that, man, we just want him to play as hard as he can so we can win a Super Bowl. That's what we're here to do."
Raiders owner Mark Davis also threw public support behind Nessib. "It's 2021. All the more power to Carl," Davis told ESPN. "It doesn't change my opinion of him as a person or as a Raider."
Carr says Nessib is a family
"Whether someone agrees or disagrees with what he does on or off the field, that's everybody's opinion and leave it like that," Carr said.
"But we're still a family when we come in this building. We better treat him like such. And so, from my point of view, it's been good." Meanwhile, Carr's future with the Raiders was one of the most talked topics this offseason.
Some thought the Raiders might look to upgrade from Carr at the quarterback position. However, Raiders head coach Jon Gruden recently came out and publicly backed Carr. Gruden believes Carr is capable of leading the Raiders to success.
“Well you just can’t worry about some of the swirling conversations,” Gruden said, per Pro Football Talk. "I was a part of those swirling conversations for nine years. You know, we have to earn our money.
So don’t pay attention to everything that’s being written. Derek knows what he’s all about and what kind of quarterback he is. So just try not to listen to the elevator music and worry about the things you can’t control.
“He’s a heck of a guy. He’s a really mentally tough guy. And he’s a really good quarterback that is really starting to play great for us. And I think people are starting to recognize that."