Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib made history Monday night, becoming the first openly gay athlete to play in an NFL game. Aside from Charles Barkley showing up on national television wearing a Nassib jersey, the spectacle went largely unnoticed during ESPN’s broadcast of the game.
Even when Nassib gave the story a Hollywood finish, stripping the ball from Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson in overtime to salvage the win for Vegas, the narrative remained on the game. Considering their past coverage of Michael Sam and Caitlyn Jenner, conservative sports columnist Jason Whitlock was surprised by the lack of fanfare created by ESPN for Nassib.
“I do think ESPN underplayed Nassib’s big