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NFL to investigate alleged questions about sexual orientation at scouting event

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

NEW YORK — The National Football League (NFL) said Wednesday it will investigate claims by a University of Colorado football player that he was asked about his sexual orientation by at least one NFL team during a scouting interview last week.

Colorado tight end Nick Kasa told ESPN Radio in Denver that during interviews at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis last week, he was asked questions such as, “‘Do you have a girlfriend?’ ‘Are you married?’ ‘Do you like girls?’”

Nick Kasa

Kasa is one of hundreds of players who participated in the annual showcase for NFL prospects in advance of April’s draft, but he did not identify who asked him such questions.

Appearing on the “Dan Patrick Show” on Wednesday, Kasa downplayed the incident and said he didn’t think it “was really a serious question.”

Bu the NFL said it plans to investigate Kasa’s comments and that “any team or employee that inquires about impermissible subjects or makes an employment decision based on such factors is subject to league discipline.”

“Teams are expected to follow applicable federal, state and local employment laws,” the NFL said, in a statement.

“I know that the NFL agrees that these types of questions violate the law, our CBA and player rights,” said DeMaurice Smith, the head of the NFL players association, in a statement. “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.”

Earlier this week, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk and NBC Sports, also appearing on Patrick’s show, said NFL coaches and general managers want to know if Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o is gay.

“Teams want to know whether Manti Te’o is gay,” said Florio. “They just want to know. They want to know because in an NFL locker room, it’s a different world.”

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21 more reader comments:

  1. I would ask him too! DAAAAAAYYYYUUUMMM

    Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 9:20pm
  2. lol i want to know as well!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 9:21pm
  3. The NFL is a bigoted, homophobic organization. Nothing will come out of this.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 9:23pm
  4. the only person it should matter to is the person he is trying to seduce…

    Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 9:24pm
  5. I do not think the NFL as a group is Peter, but I do think that some of the players definitely are, and others act as spoiled children who think they can say whatever they want – without and repercussions…

    Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 9:25pm
  6. Because we are men men in tight tights!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 9:26pm
  7. I hope he is gay if not at least bi.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 9:27pm
  8. “Do you like girls, but might consider a quick slap and a tickle with a guy?”

    Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 9:27pm
  9. Soooo… are ya?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 9:28pm
  10. He’s yummy

    Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 9:29pm
  11. I would let him ssduce me ;)

    Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 9:29pm
  12. It doesn’t matter to anyone in real life, regardless the fantasies some might have.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 9:34pm
  13. Sounds like the recruiter may be asking for himself. Not that there’s anything wrong with that ;)

    Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 10:19pm
  14. those questions should not be permitted

    Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 10:58pm
  15. No, NFL locker rooms are NOT “another world.” They are part of this world. Just another example of sports being out of control.

    Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 12:07am
  16. well… he is a “tight end” *giggle*

    Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 12:42am
  17. He is adorable. I bet he is great as a tight end and yet can end up being a wide receiver as well. Maybe the recruiter was doing a private recruiting of his own accord?

    Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 12:50am
  18. There is only one world, and one law to govern it in the United States of America. It is clearly illegal to make hiring decisions based on sexual orientation.

    Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 1:36am
  19. At least the NFL is claiming that they’ll do something about it instead of standing by. Though if this player had not come forward I wonder if any of us would have been aware of a problem at all. This is just sad to hear about on a professional level.

    Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 3:57am
  20. Can he throw, catch, and run…that’s the only really pertinent questions…after all they all pat each other on the butt and no one questions that.

    Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 6:06am
  21. Sometimes a wake up, and I see this shit, and I ask myself “what century is this?” And I realize that this is the second decade of the 21st, and that so much work still needs to be done. But seriously, it’s 2013 not 1950, get over yourself, if he’s gay it’s not like he is going to infect anyone on the football team.

    Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 6:26am