College prospect Nick Kasa told ESPN Denver Radio that while attending the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, scouts asked him a bunch of questions about the tight end's sexual preferences. The NFL have acted fast and are saying they will probe the issue.
Kasa said in the ESPN interview:
[Teams] ask you like, 'Do you have a girlfriend?' 'Are you married?' 'Do you like girls?' 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...
The NFL have said they will investigate and cited that all teams are expected to follow local, state, and federal employment laws.
A statement from the NFL published on their website reads:
...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. 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
This isn't the first time the NFL have attracted controversy over questions that are asked to prospective candidates. In 2010, Dallas Cowboy's star Dez Bryant was allegedly asked if his mother, "was a prostitute?"
Kasa went on to tell USA Today about the incident:
Every team asked, 'Do you have a girlfriend?' 'Do you have a wife?' 'Do you have children?' Maybe a couple guys kinda joked at the fact of, like, 'What's your situation with girls?' But it was kind of a joke. I did not feel uncomfortable.
NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith told USA Today that:
I know that the NFL agrees that these types of questions violate the law, our CBA and player rights, I hope that they will seek out information as to what teams have engaged in this type of discrimination and we should then discuss appropriate discipline.
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