The NFL on Wednesday said it would investigate a report that at least one team at the scouting combine asked a draft prospect about his sexual orientation.
Three draft prospects have said they were asked a series of questions that touched on sexual orientation at the just-completed combine in Indianapolis.
Colorado tight end Nick Kasa was the first to make the claim, revealing the line of questioning in an interview with ESPN Radio Denver on Tuesday.
Michigan quarterback/receiver Denard Robinson, in an interview with the “The Dan Patrick Show” on Wednesday, and Michigan State running back Le’veon Bell, speaking with WDFN-Radio in Detroit on Thursday, also made similar claims.
"[Teams] ask you like, ‘Do you have a girlfriend?’ ‘Are you married?’ ‘Do you like girls?’ " Kasa said in his radio interview Tuesday. “Those kinds of things, and you know it was just kind of weird. But they would ask you with a straight face, and it’s a pretty weird experience altogether.”
In the statement announcing it would check into Kasa’s claim, the NFL said “teams are expected to follow applicable federal, state and local employment laws.”
“It is league policy to neither consider nor inquire about sexual orientation in the hiring process. In addition, there are specific protections in our collective bargaining agreement with the players that prohibit discrimination against any player, including on the basis of sexual orientation,” the league said. “We will look into the report on the questioning of Nick Kasa at the scouting combine. Any team or employee that inquires about impermissible subjects or makes an employment decision based on such factors is subject to league discipline.”
**It’s not like it used to be. Players aren’t allowed to hit, they are barely allowed to tackle, the front offices aren’t allowed to ask questions in order to hire who they would like for their own teams. It isn’t just the NFL cracking down, but the NFL authorities are saying they will hold the teams to guidelines of federal laws. There are too many federal laws in this country. We are over regulated. So, how about a DADT league policy? It can be in place until they get a commissioner more liberal than Goodell who will repeal the policy and allow gays to serve openly in the NFL. Wide receivers and tight ends will be just that and they will no longer have to live a lie.
I heard about this story on Rush’s show. He said they were being asked if they were hetersexual, which actually should have been a question on the I.Q. test to see how many of them knew the meaning of the term. I laughed at that and had to agree.**