Nick Kasa is a senior at the University of Colorado and was one of a few hundred players
who participated this week in the NFL Scouting Combine, that takes place in advance of April’s draft. Over the course of the Combine, participants submit themselves for a variety of physical and mental tests, as well as interviews with NFL recruiters. According to Kasa, it was during these interviews that the topic of his sexual preferences came up.
“[Teams] ask you like, ‘Do you have a girlfriend?’ Are you married?’ Do you like girls?’” Kasa told CJ and Kreckman of ESPN Radio Denver on Tuesday. “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 told Outsports the league is investigating: “Like all employers, our teams are expected to follow applicable federal, state and local employment laws. It is league policy to neither consider nor inquire about sexual orientation in the hiring process. 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.”
The sad thing about all this is that there are still no players in the NFL who are comfortable enough to say if they are gay.
Perhaps this is one of the reasons.
Note: Nick Kasa is 6’6″, weighs 260 lbs and is a tight end. *faints*