Carl Nassib, the defensive end who made history as the first gay active player in NFL history last year, will be released by the Las Vegas Raiders.

According to NBC, Nassib, a six-year veteran, has played for the Raiders for two seasons and has four sacks, 49 tackles, and an interception. It was stated that the decision to fire Nassib, who had a base salary of $7.75 million per year, was based on financial considerations.

“Carl had a big paycheck coming this year, and they just made a determination that they wanted to find somebody cheaper,” the co-founder of Outsports, Cyd Zeigler said. “That’s the economics of the NFL.”

Nassib, 28, signed a three-year free-agent contract worth more than $25 million in March 2020, with $16.75 million guaranteed. Starting in June, the Raiders will save $8 million in salary-cap space by cutting him.

According to Zeigler, Nassib's sexual orientation had no bearing on the decision.

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Playing With Pride: First Trans Woman To Compete In Iditarod

As the blizzard overtook Rosebud Summit, the snow was drifting sideways. During the 2019 Yukon Quest, then-21-year-old musher Apayauq Reitan battled to find the path along with her dog team more than 3,500 feet up in Alaska's inhospitable White Mountains.

Reitan is set to make history as the first trans woman to compete in the Iditarod when she returns to the world of long-distance mushing.

“Being a trans woman is kind of like life on hard mode,” she said.

But she's been there before. She intends to return to Kaktovik to work after the Iditarod and is considering obtaining a degree in Alaska Native studies in the future.

On the one-year anniversary of her coming out to the world, she'll be mushing through the Alaska backcountry, adjusting to whatever the path has in store for her.


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