So how does the NFL confront a situation in which in appropriate questions were asked during the job interview process that occurs at the Scouting Combine? By concluding that not every question asked during a job interview is part of the job interview.
According to Judy Battista of the New York Times, that’s how the NFL has resolved the situation that arose last month, with multiple players publicly acknowledging that questions indirectly relating to sexual orientation were posed during their Combine interviews, including “do you like girls?” Specifically, NFL human resources honcho Robert Gulliver explained to Battista that the league determined the questions were “chatter that was inappropriate” but not part of the actual interview process.
So either the league has revolutionized the process for defending against wrongful hiring claims, or the NFL has devised a plan for tiptoeing through this specific H.R. minefield that entails pretending that there are no mines in the field.
Per Battista, the NFL is still trying to determine the extent of the “chatter,” and fines are possible.
The news comes a day after, we’re told, NFL general counsel Jeff Pash (pictured) warned teams against inappropriate hiring practices based on sexual orientation. specifically pointing out that, if/when a player sues, it will be “all over PFT.”
It will be, but it will likely never happen. As we explained last month, the kids who have made it to the brink of an NFL career just want the NFL career, and they’ll do nothing to jeopardize that.
Fortunately for the NFL, no walk-ins are welcome — and presumably the folks who show up for the Regional Scouting Combine tryouts with $275 and a pipe dream are never actually interviewed.
Perhaps since everyone knows it’s not actually a tryout.