This Wednesday on a Sirius XM NFL radio, former LSU running back Derius Guice revealed he’d been asked whether he was gay by an NFL team at the Scouting Combine this month.
Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio separately confirmed the incident, clarifying that Guice was indeed asked whether he “likes men.”
Needless to say, the question provoked outrage and many people called for the NFL to apologize. But this isn’t the first time this has happened. Apparently back in 2016, the Atlanta Falcons asked former Giants cornerback Eli Apple whether he was gay as well.
“The Falcons coach, one of the coaches, was like, ‘So, do you like men?’ It was like the first thing he asked me,” Apple said. “It was weird. I was just like, ‘No.’ He was like, ‘If you’re going to come to Atlanta, sometimes that’s how it is around here, you’re going to have to get used to it.’ I guess he was joking, but they just ask most of these questions to see how you’re going to react.”
And before this incident, an undisclosed NFL team reportedly asked free agent tight end Nick Kasa whether or not he was into girls.
These are the exact kinds of questions that cause a huge fuss in 2018. People get madder about this type of question than most human rights crises around the world.
*waits for NFL statement condeming the question followed by no action* https://t.co/kneQAPWpYK
— Master Tesfatsion (@MasterTes) March 8, 2018
The @NFL keeps making themselves look worse and worse.
My heart breaks for all the gay players in the NFL, who in 2018, STILL MUST LIVE IN THE CLOSET because old rich white men don’t have the balls to let people be who they are.
A real man shows loves & acceptance, btw. https://t.co/EvF51A6yTX
— Nicole Michalik (@NicoleisNik) March 8, 2018
What you do in your free time is nobody’s business but your own. It’s not really the NFL’s concern who you share a bed with. But with that being said, I understand the mind games that teams are trying to play with their potential players. And I guarantee teams have asked far more controversial questions than this simply to test a prospective player’s quick thinking skills. At the end of the day, I don’t think coaches or franchise owners give a damn who’s into what. But they are paying these guys millions of dollars and the last thing they want is to have to clean up a massive scandal in the locker room.
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