Three prospective NFL draftees claim that at least one team asked them an unnerving question at the scouting combine--whether they were gay or straight. Now the NFL is investigating.
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.In a rare moment of agreement, the NFL and NFLPA both rushed out with burning statements condemning this practice. The NFL's collective bargaining agreement forbids ANY sort of discrimination, including discrimination based on sexual orientation. In all likelihood, this means that heads are going to roll somewhere. Such questions are also flagrantly illegal, and hopefully the NFL is already in touch with legal authorities as well.
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."
Any team or teams who did this need to be nailed to the wall, both from the league office and at the legal level as well.