Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
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NFLPA's Smith: Ban team that asked Guice 'inappropriate' question

NFLPA's Smith: Ban team that asked Guice 'inappropriate' question

America's largest gay civil rights organization is criticizing the National Football League over inappropriate questions to prospective players at the Scouting Combine. Not only was he asked if he was a homosexual, but another question was premised on the presumably false assumption that Guice's mother worked as a prostitute.

Guice, the former LSU standout, told SiriusXM Radio on Wednesday night that one team violated that rule.

"It was pretty insane", Guice told "Late Hits" on SiriusXM NFL on Wednesday.

"Some people really try to get in your head, man. ... I guess he was joking, but they just ask most of these questions to see how you're going to react".

McCarthy said the league often reminded its clubs of these policies "that prohibit personnel from seeking information concerning a player's sexual orientation".


Marquand Manuel allegedly asked Apple, who was ultimately drafted by the Giants, if he was gay.

For a sport in which guys spend three hours diving on top of each other and most plays begin with one dude rubbing his hand against the nuts and ass of another dude, National Football League teams seem awfully concerned about homosexuality. But with that being said, I understand the mind games that teams are trying to play with their potential players. The league also conducted an investigation in 2013, when a team asked tight end Nick Kasa if he liked girls. It's already against the law in more than 20 states (North Carolina isn't one of them) and a federal appeals court ruled last month that sexual orientation is protected by Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Players with off-field issues in their background face a tougher line of questioning as teams try to complete their pre-draft profiles.

The N.F.L.is investigating whether questions posed to running back Derrius Guice of Louisiana State at the combine were inappropriate. The Dolphins apologized in 2010 after wide receiver Dez Bryant was asked by a team official if his mother was a prostitute.

"It's people like this who are pressing the question or pressing the point of "Gay is soft" or "Gay is not welcome" and 'Gay is not strong-minded, ' and those are keeping people in the closet for longer", Gutierrez said.

It is unclear which team asked the question.

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