Whitlock: Gay NFL player Carl Nassib sparks penis envy and nothing more

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I’m going to need additional proof of Carl Nassib’s amazing courage.

From my vantage point, the 27-year-old Las Vegas Raiders defensive end looks more like a Colin Kaepernick variant than a Jackie Robinson strain.

Robinson, the baseball star, was a courageous trailblazer, opening doors for equal opportunity against a horrific backlash of bigotry. Kaepernick was and is an opportunist, a frustrated athlete who joined the “Alphabet Mafia” (BLM) for protection.

Rather than deal with the ramifications of his NFL fall from grace, Kaepernick kneeled during the national anthem and blamed white racism for the collapse of his dream. Kap isn’t unique. Few people — of any color — attribute their failures to the man or woman in the mirror.

Carl Nassib is not unique either. Nor is he heroic. He’s simply putting a twist on the Kaepernick playbook.

By announcing on Instagram that he prefers to have sex with men, Nassib — listed as third string on the Raiders’ depth chart — increased his likelihood of making the team’s roster tenfold. He increased his chances of moving up the depth chart twentyfold. He increased his attractiveness to corporate advertisers a hundredfold.

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