During an episode of “The View” on Tuesday, liberal co-host Joy Behar made a homophobic joke about Raiders player Carl Nassib who came out as gay on Monday.
“I know that locker rooms are very a toxic place, I remember when Jason Collins came out,” Ana Navarro said, referring to NBA player Jason Collins who came out as gay in 2013. “I remember when there was another NFL player who had been drafted — whose name, of course, escapes me — came out, it was a media circus. And it was a really big deal.”
Behar then jumped in, thinking it was an opportune time for a gay joke. How loving and tolerant of her!
“Ana, after they said penetration in the end zone, they lost me,” Behar said as all of the liberal hosts started laughing except for Megan McCain.
Later in the show, Behar tried walking back her homophobic joke.
“By the way that inappropriate joke I made for daytime television, scratch it,” she said. “Make believe I never said it.”
The announcement from Nassib came on Monday during an Instagram video from his home in 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 continued. “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.”
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Nassib also said that he is donating $100,000 to The Trevor Project, which is the “world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ+ youth.”
“I’m very excited to be a part of it and help in any way that I can and I’m really pumped to see what the future holds,” Nassib concluded.
The Raiders’ Instagram page showed support for Nassib by commenting two black heart emojis on his post.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell also released a statement regarding Nassib.
“The NFL family is proud of Carl for courageously sharing his truth today,” Goodell said. “Representation matters. We share his hope that someday soon statements like his will no longer be newsworthy as we march toward full equality for the LGBTQ+ community. We wish Carl the best of luck this coming season.”
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