Sep 19, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib (94) reacts on the sidelines against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Las Vegas won 26-17.  Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

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

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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