Over the summer, when Raiders pass rusher Carl Nassib became the first active NFL player to publicly come out as gay, coach Jon Gruden supported the defensive end, saying “what makes a man different is what makes him great.” Nearly four months later, Gruden is out as Raiders coach in the wake of uncovered derogatory emails, some of which reportedly included homophobic language. In response to the scandal, Nassib requested and received a personal day from the Raiders, general manager Mike Mayock told reporters Wednesday.
“Carl Nassib, he and I spoke yesterday a couple of times,” Mayock said while addressing the drama and subsequent staff changes in Las Vegas. “We spoke again today, (and) we’re gonna meet again this afternoon. He requested a personal day today. He just said he’s got a lot to process, there’s been a lot that’s been going on the last few days, and of course we support that request.”