Should NFL Teams Be Allowed To Ask Prospects About Their Sexual Orientation?
That’s the question that at least one NFL team asked a prospect at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis earlier this week. Well, they didn’t ask him that exact question. But, they might as well have. Because, during an interview with an unnamed team, Colorado tight end Nick Kasa says that he was asked a series of provocative questions about his sexual orientation.
“They ask you like, ‘Do you have a girlfriend? Are you married? Do you like girls?’ Those kinds of things,” Kasa told ESPN Radio shortly after he went through the interview process. “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.”
Weird? Sure. Unfortunately? You bet. Illegal? Yup! So, shortly after Kasa made his claims on the radio, the NFL came out and said that they’re going to launch an investigation into who asked Kasa the questions so that further action can be taken.
“It is league policy to neither consider nor inquire about sexual orientation in the hiring process,” the league said in a statement. “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. 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.”
As they should be. The truth is that the NFL is not immune to the federal and state laws that deal with hiring practices. They need to abide by them and they absolutely can not ask NFL prospects about their sexual orientation. And, if they do? Then, they need to be punished for doing it just like any other employer. So, we’re glad that the NFL is going to try and get to the bottom of this.