NFL to investigate questions asked by teams about players sexual orientation during the combine
The NFL announced on Wednesday they will be looking further comments Colorado tight end Nick Kasa made on a radio show that he was asked questions pertaining to his sexual orientation by teams during the NFL combine.
“[Teams] ask you like, ‘Do you have a girlfriend?,’ ‘Are you married?,’ ‘Do you like girls?’ ” Kasa said on Tuesday in an interview with ESPN Radio Denver according to ESPN. “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.”
NFL Spokesman Greg Aiello announced that the league will be investigating Kasa’s claims.
“It is league policy to neither consider nor inquire about sexual orientation in the hiring process,” Aiello stated, reprots SI.com. “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.”
Michigan State running back Le`Veon Bell appeared on a radio show on Thursday and confirmed he was asked similar questions at the combine.
“Yeah, yeah, no question, just like that… I mean, I got asked so many of them, I don’t remember them all, but that was definitely a couple questions that I got asked too,” Bell said, the Los Angeles Times reports.