Carl Nassib, the Las Vegas Raiders lineman and first active NFL player to come out as gay, requested a personal day to “process” emails sent by former coach Jon Gruden which used homophobic language, GM Mike Mayock said Wednesday.
“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,” Mayock said, addressing media for the first time since Gruden resigned on Monday.
Mayock said he’s already had multiple conversations with Nassib, and planned do meet with him after the Wednesday press conference.
The GM also said he’s addressed the team over Gruden’s emails, spanning from 2011-2018, which also used misogynistic language and referred to NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith with a racial trope.
“The captains spoke up at the meeting … and boy, were they eloquent,” Mayock said. “I’m trying to work with everyone and we’re going to continue to do that.”
He described his meeting with player as “a gamut of emotion,” with “a spectrum of opinions” among players. He reiterated that the team is staying “focused” and professional.”
The Raiders (3-2) visit the Broncos (3-2) on Sunday
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