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Le’Veon Bell says he was asked questions about sexuality

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And now there are two.

Of the 330-plus players who attended the Scouting Combine, two have admitted on the record that questions were asked indirectly about sexual orientation.

First, it was Colorado tight end Nick Kasa, who was asked by at least one team, “Do you like girls?”  Now, Michigan State running back Le’Veon Bell says that questions indirectly were posed regarding sexuality.

“Yeah, yeah, there were questions just like that,” Bell told WDFN radio, via the Detroit News.  “There were definitely a couple weird questions.  I got asked so many of them, I don’t remember them all.  But that was definitely a couple questions I got asked.”

The NFL has reacted strongly to the situation.  But it remains to be seen whether actions will match words.  At a minimum, Kasa and Bell need to be questioned by the league office about the questions posed during the Scouting Combine.

To do it right, all of the players who attended the Scouting Combine should be asked about the questions they were asked.

And if the NFL determines that one or more teams crossed the line, the NFL needs to take action.  The best way to get a team’s attention is to take away draft picks.  In this specific setting, where teams are violating league policy (and in some juridictions the law) by asking questions aimed at helping the teams use their draft picks, it makes perfect sense to strip picks.

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64 Responses to “Le’Veon Bell says he was asked questions about sexuality”
  1. newenglandsports11 says: Feb 28, 2013 8:03 PM

    This is like the Tiger Woods scandal. People just coming out left and right and fessing’ up.

    Talk about a PR disaster for the NFL.

  2. newenglandsports11 says: Feb 28, 2013 8:04 PM

    The sad thing is, Goodell’s brother is Gay and he has to deal with all this….

  3. mjkelly77 says: Feb 28, 2013 8:05 PM

    With a name like Le’Veon it’s no wonder.

  4. olsonm4 says: Feb 28, 2013 8:05 PM

    I’m having trouble remembering, but wasn’t Colorado where the University got in trouble a few years back for taking recruits to strip clubs and having hired women to spend time with the recruits on campus? That could provide a different context for the question “Do you like girls?”

  5. blacknole08 says: Feb 28, 2013 8:07 PM

    I still don’t see why this is being over-blown into some huge ordeal. Have thicker skin! No one is calling them gay!

    And taking away draft picks for something like this seems even more over-blown.

  6. mikebe1 says: Feb 28, 2013 8:07 PM

    By taking away draft picks arent u taking away a few of these guys chances of being drafted?

  7. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 28, 2013 8:07 PM

    “I understand they call you ‘The Beast’, Le’Veon, ummm….is there anything we should….uuhhh…know about that?”

  8. howiefeltersnatch says: Feb 28, 2013 8:08 PM

    Do you guys really think this is the first year that teams have asked these kids about their sexuality?

  9. thraiderskin says: Feb 28, 2013 8:08 PM

    This is one hell of a mess… what a stupid question to ask someone.

  10. jtchernak says: Feb 28, 2013 8:08 PM

    No they have the right to know this kind of information. Should be no punishment

  11. anonymouslyanonymouscommentor says: Feb 28, 2013 8:09 PM

    Great work PFT and everyone else helping to expose this

  12. shzastl says: Feb 28, 2013 8:14 PM

    This doesn’t warrant taking away draft picks yet. But there should be warnings and punishment for future violations. If the bounty discipline didn’t hold up when player safety was involved, stripping draft picks for interview questions would be excessive. As Tagliabue reasoned, it was not clear before Goodell came down on the Saints’ program that it was against the rules to give incentives for hard hits, since there were similar programs in the past, so it would be unfair to suspend the players. Same reasoning applies to this.

  13. chillmodedlb says: Feb 28, 2013 8:15 PM

    Are there official transcripts of these interviews kept by the teams or the league? My guess is no.

  14. Stiller43 says: Feb 28, 2013 8:19 PM

    Blacknole,

    What theyre doing is against the law. Prospective employers cant ask you questions regarding your sexuality

  15. donny1rodriguez says: Feb 28, 2013 8:19 PM

    Media should start calling this Gaygate

  16. vilelabyrinth says: Feb 28, 2013 8:20 PM

    players against having a gay teammate are just scared and insecure men..acting like gay men just wanna rape every man they see.If he can play football who cares if he may or may not love another man?

  17. TheWizard says: Feb 28, 2013 8:20 PM

    I feel a liberal feeding frenzy coming on.

  18. hockeyfan28 says: Feb 28, 2013 8:20 PM

    So if they don’t get picked first overall couldn’t some attorney make a case they weren’t picked no.1 cause they where asked these questions? Seems like if this was an issue for some teams they probably could do some investigative work and stuff on their own on a perspective draft pick and not have the kid blabbing it to the press….then again if a kid did blab it to the press he’s probably not the kinda guy you want on your team since he would automatically be assumed to be one of the moles leaking stuff to the press about the workings in the clubhouse

  19. logicalvoicesays says: Feb 28, 2013 8:21 PM

    This is why Mr. Florio is the best at what he does. He’ll report and deliver great journalism no matter how dicey the topic is. You’d think I’d be mad that he frequently writes about the Redskins logo/nickname. Actually it’s quite the contrary, I admire that he’s persistent about it, granted the name will NEVER change no matter what is written or said, but still, great journalism/persistence. PFT is the best.

  20. 6thsense79 says: Feb 28, 2013 8:21 PM

    To those that think employees have a right to know this….the NFL is big and bad but they still have to follow the law. It’s against federal law to ask questions about a potential hires sexuality.

    The taking of draft picks doesn’t necessarily mean this year’s pick and even if it’s this year’s pick that doesn’t mean the number of players hired into the league decreases. It just means there will be a few more rookie free agents that enter the league. Teams will still have to fill their rosters.

  21. yaryers says: Feb 28, 2013 8:22 PM

    As unfortunate as this is, I get the feeling that these guys are hurting their draft stock. No team is going to draft a player who blew the whistle on them.

  22. sportsmeccabi says: Feb 28, 2013 8:26 PM

    Are you a quarterback or receiver?

  23. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 28, 2013 8:26 PM

    Great guideline suggestion!

    I’ve been thinking PFT could replace the word “rule” with “guideline” in all future posts to more accurately represent the nature of this unique one of a kind organization.

  24. randy8123 says: Feb 28, 2013 8:28 PM

    blacknole08 says:
    Feb 28, 2013 8:07 PM

    I still don’t see why this is being over-blown into some huge ordeal. Have thicker skin! No one is calling them gay!

    And taking away draft picks for something like this seems even more over-blown.

    ————-

    Leaving that whole issue alone, the point is that just asking the question means that the answer could (will) affect that person’s chance of getting the job/drafted. It is discrimination based non-pertinent personal characteristics, pure and simple, and there is no place for it in the hiring process for any job.

  25. rg3sus says: Feb 28, 2013 8:29 PM

    I pray that my skins aren’t one of the teams asking these questions. One, it is inappropriate. Two, they’re already under the PC target just for their name. Three, we already have no draft picks lol

  26. eaglesnoles05 says: Feb 28, 2013 8:33 PM

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

  27. lroc20 says: Feb 28, 2013 8:34 PM

    Every time I hear this I think of creepy Howie Roseman asking these questions in his smug smarmy voice

  28. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Feb 28, 2013 8:34 PM

    Sparty on!

  29. SilentMajority says: Feb 28, 2013 8:36 PM

    blacknole08 says:
    Feb 28, 2013 8:07 PM
    I still don’t see why this is being over-blown into some huge ordeal. Have thicker skin! No one is calling them gay!

    And taking away draft picks for something like this seems even more over-blown.

    -———————

    It’s not about thick skin. It’s an inappropriate question that has no bearing whether or not the person can do the job asked of them. Your employer isn’t even allowed to ask you how old you are only whether you’re 18 or not. This is actually a big deal because by asking the question they are making sexuality a job requirement which is illegal.

  30. mendenhallfumblemachine says: Feb 28, 2013 8:41 PM

    Honestly who cares, i dont care if they are gay and i dont care if they ask, enough of this please.

  31. stoneydog1000 says: Feb 28, 2013 8:42 PM

    “Le’Veon, have you ever seen a grown man naked?”

  32. schwartzpower says: Feb 28, 2013 8:43 PM

    So when I’m hiring someone for a laborer position I shouldn’t know that type of thing just as a heads up? Why hide it. It’s always worse getting caught than just getting ahead of it

  33. fearthehoody says: Feb 28, 2013 8:44 PM

    Seriously? This is an issue? We are all sissys

  34. thedripfeed says: Feb 28, 2013 8:44 PM

    Next time anyone here is interviewing a potential new employee ask that same question and see how fast you’re sued. Just because the money is big does not mean you’re not protected by the same laws that protect other employees the NFL is still a business

  35. 4thqtrsaint says: Feb 28, 2013 8:44 PM

    When the Saints bounty crap hit the fan, half of the people who posted were saying “that’s just karma! They did it to themselves!”

    I’m cool with that, but I would like those same people come back and post that about Goodell.

    Wait, I just did.

  36. milesrunner262 says: Feb 28, 2013 8:44 PM

    I’m willing to bet most of the people asking these questions have had no HR training. These are essentially job interviews. I’ve served on multiple hiring committees at my job and we are retrained every year on things we aren’t allowed to ask directly or indirectly. I imagine the NFL will “investigate” and then initiate training before next year’s combine.

  37. jm91rs says: Feb 28, 2013 8:45 PM

    Make it three people, te’o said he was asked too

  38. dmvtransplant says: Feb 28, 2013 8:46 PM

    Since when did the NFL start caring if it’s organization worked under the same HR laws everyone else follows? Just a small list below:

    Being late to a meeting at work and have 1-3% of your pay docked right away.

    I don’t know anyone that’s killed a person while driving drunk, get convicted, serve a pointless suspension and go back to the office it’s like nothing.

    Bring a gun or drugs to an airport and still keep your job.

    Fail a drug test and stay employed.

    Just quit during an assigned task(Randy Moss) and still keep your job.

    Not following mandatory rules described in your job employee agreement(Randy Moss Media duties)and keep your job

    Discriminating against better performing employees, by over paying under-performing ones. (Just say name a QB from Notre Dame)

    Asking if your mom was a hooker during a job interview

    So until those things are covered I don’t think asking a guy, if he’s gay is that big of a deal.

  39. bennyb82 says: Feb 28, 2013 8:46 PM

    Isnt it obvious that teams are asking this question to a variety of players so that when Teo is interviewed they can just ask him and not catch flack.

  40. possumsauce says: Feb 28, 2013 8:48 PM

    If I were asked “Do you like girls?”, I’d probably respond “No, I like women. Settle down, Humbert Humbert.”

  41. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 28, 2013 8:51 PM

    @donny1rodriguez – Or BackGate.

  42. vaphinfan says: Feb 28, 2013 8:53 PM

    I really hope they didnt ask them their favorite color too cause that would just put this over the top.

  43. reed20fence says: Feb 28, 2013 8:58 PM

    Let’s hope none of these teams are in the states that prohibit orientation-based discrimination.

    These two players are gonna be under a lot of pressure from both sides. One to openly name the questioners. The other to pretend like they forgot which team asked in the flurry of questioning.

  44. lostsok says: Feb 28, 2013 9:02 PM

    Why did I just flash on Leslie Neilson in Airplane going, “So, Billy, have you ever seen a grown man naked?”

    “Do you like gladiator movies?”

  45. chawk12thman says: Feb 28, 2013 9:07 PM

    I will agree to take away draft picks if, and only if, the Seahawks weren’t the team that asked the alleged illegal questions about sexual preference. If it was Seattle, I think a strong reprimand is in order……………Okay, I might be biased; along with a reprimand the Hawks will not be allowed to draft the players asked the questions. That will protect those players from being put into a hostile work environment.

    Seriously, hope the league gets on this quickly and let the facts determine what, if anything needs to be done.

  46. 1phillyexpat says: Feb 28, 2013 9:09 PM

    This is America. America has laws. Not asking this question in an interview is one of them. This isn’t ‘Nam.

  47. phillyphannn83 says: Feb 28, 2013 9:14 PM

    mendenhallfumblemachine February 28, 2013, 8:41 PM EST

    Honestly who cares, i dont care if they are gay and i dont care if they ask, enough of this please.
    ——————————
    And last time I checked, the world doesnt revolve around you. What, was Florio supposed to get your approval what topics he can post on??

  48. jagsfan1 says: Feb 28, 2013 9:27 PM

    is it possible they were catfished?

  49. neepo13 says: Feb 28, 2013 9:32 PM

    You gotta wonder if there is going to be any backlash for these players. Certainly they will not be drafted by whatever team/s they rat on.

  50. basedrum777 says: Feb 28, 2013 10:19 PM

    Is there a chance the teams are trying to throw them off by asking a weird question to see how they respond to something a little stressful? I don’t think its right that they do it (and it probably illegal) but I can see some logic to it I think.

  51. coachbeck says: Feb 28, 2013 10:57 PM

    Ummm this is entry into an exclusive club not applying at Carl’s Jr. Who cares what they ask… They can choose not to answer. It’s not like their are guns on them. Besides they need weird questions because all the athletes are so prepared for the interview they need to be caught off guard. And as someone else said taking away picks is taking away opportunity. Why does anyone care if an NFL asks about being gay.

  52. heisthejuan says: Feb 28, 2013 11:50 PM

    Taking draft picks this year seems harsh as this probably a practice, though an idiotic one that has happened for years.

    NFL should handle it like they did with videotaping signals. Send out a memo saying we know teams have been doing this, everyone needs to stop.

    If it happens again next years, then bring the hammer down like you did on the Pats.

  53. swagger52 says: Mar 1, 2013 12:14 AM

    I bet both don’t get drafted.

  54. mazblast says: Mar 1, 2013 12:42 AM

    The league freaks out if someone asks a potential draftee if he likes girls–then insists on players wearing pink accessories during games for a month and fines them if their socks are too high or too low.

    This used to be the National Football League. What the heck happened?

  55. wryly1 says: Mar 1, 2013 6:05 AM

    If a player is anti-gay, should he be able to ask about the coach or GM’s sexuality? Helloooo!

  56. bigolpecka says: Mar 1, 2013 6:16 AM

    Off topic a little but I wonder if teams look at guys who talk to the media about this, maybe thinking they were speaking under confidentiality , and decide not to take them not necessarily because it was about the suddenly taboo “gay” topic but as a look into how they would handle future sensitive topics and could be a risk running their mouths and releasing sensitive info, or saying something to draw an unwanted media circus.

  57. voiceofreason says: Mar 1, 2013 6:47 AM

    You KNOW it was the Lions….smh…

  58. phinfan527 says: Mar 1, 2013 6:53 AM

    Steroids,gay,lockouts. Congrats to all four major sports for destroying any fans interests to go to sporting events. Keep it up and maybe one year the whole country will just stay home and watch sports on TV!!

  59. evrybdyhas1 says: Mar 1, 2013 6:53 AM

    The real and continuing story of the draft procees is how bad most teams are at it. Fans are equally absorbed by trying to determine who is going to lift up their team by following mock drafts etc. Asking illegal and stupid questions of prospects points out the ineptitude by the team or employee of the team. Taking draft picks ultimately punishes the fan base and is an over reaction. Warn and reprimand in writing then if it continues yank a pick. The team will probably waste it anyway.

  60. vikingdoode says: Mar 1, 2013 7:04 AM

    “scouts”/nfl excecutives cant ask about sexual orientation or marital status, unless the individual brings it up him or herself. that is a violation of the law.

  61. Slim Charles says: Mar 1, 2013 7:51 AM

    All of these people complaining, saying things like “What’s the big deal!! Team are giving these guys a bunch of money!” are neglecting one thing: It is ILLEGAL for employers to ask that question.

    The sad thing about this is is that there’s a good chance Kasa and Bell will be blacklisted for talking about it.

  62. xjokerz says: Mar 1, 2013 8:18 AM

    How is that a legal question to ask anybody during a job interview ?

  63. rgiv says: Mar 1, 2013 8:27 AM

    While “Prospective employers cant ask you questions regarding your sexuality”, they also aren’t allowed to break Federal law by colluding with others. How’s that working out for the NFLPA?

  64. guinsrule says: Mar 1, 2013 10:22 AM

    With all the violence against women issues players have had in the past, it’s understandable to ask players if they like women. You certainly don’t want player on your team who hates women. That’s just a problem looking for a place to happen.

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