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Raiders grant Carl Nassib personal day to deal with Jon Gruden fallout

epa08087507 Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden (R) chats with Oakland Raiders quarterback DeShone Kizer (L) before the NFL American Football game between the Oakland Raiders and the Los Angeles Chargers at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California, USA, 22 December 2019. EPA-EFE/PETER JONELEIT
By Reuters
13 Oct 2021 0

Defensive end Carl Nassib was granted his request for a personal day, Las Vegas Raiders general manager Mike Mayock said Wednesday.

Mayock said he had multiple conversations with Nassib, with whom he has met three times, since the email history of the team’s shamed head coach Jon Gruden came to light last week.

“He requested a personal day today,” Mayock said of Nassib. “He just said he’s got a lot to process, there’s a lot that’s been going on the last few days, and of course we support that request.”

Nassib became the first openly gay active NFL player when he made the announcement in June.

Among the controversial email messages the Wall Street Journal and New York Times published was a reference to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell that included an anti-gay slur.

Gruden used a different anti-gay slur while writing about Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team. Sam was selected by the then-St. Louis Rams in the seventh round in 2014 but never played a regular-season game in the league.

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