Months after competing for Team USA in rugby during the Tokyo Summer Olympics, Nicole Heavirland has come out as gay.
Heavirland announced her coming-out on Instagram stating, “I tell this story to remind you that your journey is beautiful to you. Mine took 13 years to be completely in love with who I am and to be completely open to love who I want to love.”
Despite the fact that she had not acknowledged it, Heavirland said she wished her name had been on Outsports' list of out Olympians because it would have made her coming-out simpler.
According to OutSports, with at least 16 out athletes, including at least three of Heavirland's colleagues on Team USA, women's rugby had one of the largest numbers of out athletes in the Olympics.
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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.