NFL to Teams: No, You Can't Ask About Sexuality
Pledges to look into allegations at combine
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2013 5:15 PM CST
Former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o smiles during the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis on Monday.   (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

(Newser) – The NFL promises to investigate claims by at least one NFL prospect that teams asked about players' sexuality during interviews at this week's scouting combine, reports USA Today. "Like all employers, our teams are expected to follow applicable federal, state and local employment laws," says a league spokesman, responding to the brouhaha that erupted when Colorado's Nick Kasa told a radio show that he was asked questions such as, "Do you like girls?"

"They would ask you with a straight face, and it's a pretty weird experience altogether," Kasa told ESPN Radio Denver. His comments came after NBC's Mike Florio said on a different radio show that teams were trying to figure out whether Manti Te'o was gay in the wake of the bizarre fake-girlfriend hoax. "Here's the elephant in the room for the teams and it shouldn't matter, but we have to step aside from the rest of reality and walk into the unique industry that is the NFL," said Florio, reports Yahoo Sports. "Teams want to know whether Manti Te'o is gay. They just want to know. They want to know because in an NFL locker room, it's a different world. It shouldn't be that way." (But it is apparently, as the Chris Culliver flap around the Super Bowl made clear.)

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toomanycars
Mar 1, 2013 4:54 PM CST
Fine, the NFL shouldn't discriminate against anybody. But the NFL should also strickly enforce that there would be zero tolerance for sexual harassment at the workplace and if someone is convicted of such crime that they would be immediately terminated and all contracts terminated.. This would also include gay guys flirting with straight guys. Zero tolerance. STRAIGHT GUYS DON"T LIKE THAT. These guys need to have a safe place to be guys. This is whats wrong with the military now. There is no safe place to be without feeling weird. It shouldn't be that way.
arizonachris
Mar 1, 2013 2:30 PM CST
It does not matter, if you are gay or not. Get your head out of your ass. What matters is if you play good ball. I doubt anything goes on in the locker room or showers. And at home, it's none of your damn business. Players drink like heck off feild, why no fuss about that? Huh?
IndyJoe
Feb 28, 2013 2:48 PM CST
Right...like it matters. I agree the NFL should follow all applicable labor laws. No team and no manager should be allowed to put himself above US Federal Labor Employment laws and ask improper questions to new employee candidates. If they do, then it is appropriate, their violations should be exposed to the public. As for a gay guy in a locker room with straights, just join a health club that has a steam room and you will observe just about every male in their 20s and 30s at one time or another messing around with another guy. That is simply observable fact. Just got home from my health club, and amazingly walked in on a close encounter.