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NFL closes investigation into Scouting Combine questions

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To little fanfare and no surprise, the NFL officially has closed the books on the investigation that was sparked by accounts of inappropriate questions being posed to incoming rookies (also known as “job applicants”) at the Scouting Combine.

According to Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com, the NFL found no wrongdoing.

“Our review has not established any specific violations, but we have made it clear to our clubs what is acceptable when interviewing potential players and other job candidates,” a league spokesman told Freeman.

So is the NFL saying that Colorado tight end Nick Kasa wasn’t asked, “Do you like girls?”  No.  As Judy Battista of the New York Times reported two weeks ago, the NFL has concluded that this specific question wasn’t part of the job interview.  Even though it was asked during, you know, a job interview.

In no other industry would a question like this be unpunished.  But that’s largely because the NFL is one of the few industries in which a question like this will lead to no liability.

The NFL doesn’t hire players who walk in off the street and fill out an application and wait to get a call back from the manager.  Players who make it to the Scouting Combine already are products of the football machine.  They realize that, from time to time, things that otherwise would seem inappropriate will be said.

Besides, they just want to play football.  Filing a lawsuit against the NFL will tend to keep that from happening (unless they sue for concussions).  Football players always will choose the chance to play football over the hard-to-prove notion that someone else got a roster spot because the team believed the player who wasn’t chosen or who ultimately was cut is gay.

So with no outside accountability to fear, the NFL has no reason to transform a situation that easily can be swept under the rug into a story that stretches over multiple news cycles and that lingers longer than the scent of a woman whom a player may or may not like.

And who really cares if he does?

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32 Responses to “NFL closes investigation into Scouting Combine questions”
  1. qdog112 says: Apr 4, 2013 1:55 PM

    I’m shocked that in spite of overwhelming evidence, that an inquiry conducted by the NFL, there was a finding of no wrongdoing by the NFL.

    SHOCKED!!!

  2. ozymandias121 says: Apr 4, 2013 1:56 PM

    What’s wrong with getting to know everything about a guy who you are about to invest millions of dollars into?

  3. northshorejag says: Apr 4, 2013 2:00 PM

    Nothing to see here…

  4. betterandbetterthan says: Apr 4, 2013 2:05 PM

    But let us string up the Saints.

  5. nyyjetsknicks says: Apr 4, 2013 2:20 PM

    ozymandias121 says:
    Apr 4, 2013 1:56 PM
    What’s wrong with getting to know everything about a guy who you are about to invest millions of dollars into?

    _________________

    Because its against the law…

  6. truthassassin says: Apr 4, 2013 2:21 PM

    and the Redskins… and the Cowboys… and the Raiders…

  7. turdfurgerson68 says: Apr 4, 2013 2:21 PM

    Beli’cheat’ must be involved if the NFL closed the book on this.

    Let the Beli’cheat’ comments commence!

  8. nolagirl says: Apr 4, 2013 2:23 PM

    What. A. Joke. Why even go to the trouble of clarifying your hiring policies if you have no intention of enforcing them and are content to allow your employees complete impunity when they get too…“chatty”?

  9. j0esixpack says: Apr 4, 2013 2:29 PM

    Based on this, our company will immediately start asking prospective employees to state their sexual orientation.

    It’s good to know there’s no danger of legal ramifications.

  10. schrutebeetfarms says: Apr 4, 2013 2:30 PM

    “And who really cares if he does?”

    Apparently certain NFL teams do otherwise they wouldn’t have asked.

  11. ozymandias121 says: Apr 4, 2013 2:30 PM

    ozymandias121 says:
    Apr 4, 2013 1:56 PM
    What’s wrong with getting to know everything about a guy who you are about to invest millions of dollars into?

    _________________

    Because its against the law…

    _________________

    In some states…not including Indiana… or private entities for that matter.

  12. spinmovr says: Apr 4, 2013 2:32 PM

    Your good intentions with this campaign are admirable even if your ham-handed tactics continue to be your biggest obstacle to actually helping.

  13. bullcharger says: Apr 4, 2013 2:33 PM

    ozymandias121 says:Apr 4, 2013 1:56 PM

    What’s wrong with getting to know everything about a guy who you are about to invest millions of dollars into?

    ——————————-

    It’s illegal…

    From USA Today:

    Various federal, state, and local laws regulate the questions a prospective employer can ask you. An employer’s questions — on the job application, in the interview, or during the testing process — must be related to the job for which you are applying. For the employer, the focus must be: “What do I need to know to decide whether or not this person can perform the functions of this job?”

    Some examples of illegal questions:

    Are you a U.S. citizen?; Where were you/your parents born?; What is your “native tongue?; What’s your marital status?; Who do you live with?; Do you plan to have a family?; When?; How many kids do you have?; What are your child care arrangements?; To what clubs or social organizations do you belong? etc.

    It’s not like it’s just this one question regarding whether a player is gay that is illegal.

  14. dolphins512 says: Apr 4, 2013 2:39 PM

    Not much of a story here.

  15. nflgooroo says: Apr 4, 2013 2:47 PM

    I understand reporting on this incident. However I do not understand trying to push your opinion on pro gay rights on everybody that reads this. I come to this website to get the news about pro football not your opinion on gay rights.

  16. jiveturkeygobbler says: Apr 4, 2013 3:00 PM

    This case closed, the Ravens cut your boy, what will this site write about now ;)

  17. cappa662 says: Apr 4, 2013 3:04 PM

    The NFL overseeing the NFL is like Wall street policing themselves. We all what happened there.

  18. pftwd3 says: Apr 4, 2013 3:11 PM

    nyyjetsknicks says:
    Apr 4, 2013 2:20 PM
    ozymandias121 says:
    Apr 4, 2013 1:56 PM
    What’s wrong with getting to know everything about a guy who you are about to invest millions of dollars into?

    _________________

    Because its against the law…
    __________________

    It’s wrong b/c it’s against the law? So, if I stand in Colorado two feet from the Utah border and smoke weed it’s not wrong. But, if I then cross over an imaginary line and continue to smoke weed it suddenly is wrong? That’s weird.

  19. pigskinwizzard says: Apr 4, 2013 3:39 PM

    Gentleman, this one has lawsuit written all over it.
    Way to go Goodell. You had a chance to step up and admit that the league/franchises went way too far with that line of questioning . . . and you blew it . . . again.

    Good luck.

  20. godofwine330 says: Apr 4, 2013 3:44 PM

    “It doesn’t matter what I believe. It only matters what I can prove! So please, don’t tell me what I know, or don’t know; I know the law.” – Tom Cruise in A Few Good Men.

    No potential rookie is going to snitch on a member of the business and risk getting drafted lower or not at all costing him and a minimum several hundred thousand dollars. It is shocking they came up with nothing. I bet they got a team of monkeys working around the clock on this?

  21. mwatts1 says: Apr 4, 2013 3:45 PM

    NFL breaks FEDERAL law and decides they didn’t do anything wrong? Where the hell are the Federal Agents that are paid to monitor this? NFL has more power than thought….

  22. briang123 says: Apr 4, 2013 3:52 PM

    Ah, yes. The NFL investigated and decided that the NFL did absolutely nothing wrong. We’ve never seen that before.

  23. bullcharger says: Apr 4, 2013 4:11 PM

    nflgooroo says:Apr 4, 2013 2:47 PM

    I understand reporting on this incident. However I do not understand trying to push your opinion on pro gay rights on everybody that reads this. I come to this website to get the news about pro football not your opinion on gay rights.

    ——————–

    This article has nothing to do with gay rights at all. It has to do with rights of all prospective employees. They can only be interviewed on things related to the job.

    It doesn’t matter what you think about gay rights, these are the same laws that protect you and I when we interview for a job.

    Now as to this site sticking to football, this is football related and I come here for the soap opera. If I only wanted football I would just tune in on Sundays and not follow anything else.

  24. randallflagg52 says: Apr 4, 2013 5:48 PM

    So the NFL is willing to assume that Greg Williams’ “kill the head” rant was actually him issuing a bounty; but they’re not going to assume that this was part of Kasa’s interview? Seems fair…

  25. nyyjetsknicks says: Apr 4, 2013 5:58 PM

    pftwd3 says:
    Apr 4, 2013 3:11 PM
    nyyjetsknicks says:
    Apr 4, 2013 2:20 PM
    ozymandias121 says:
    Apr 4, 2013 1:56 PM
    What’s wrong with getting to know everything about a guy who you are about to invest millions of dollars into?

    _________________

    Because its against the law…
    __________________

    It’s wrong b/c it’s against the law? So, if I stand in Colorado two feet from the Utah border and smoke weed it’s not wrong. But, if I then cross over an imaginary line and continue to smoke weed it suddenly is wrong? That’s weird.

    ____________________

    I’m pretty sure this is about asking personal questions during interviews and not about weed…

  26. phinfan says: Apr 4, 2013 6:53 PM

    I guess Jeff Ireland got a slap on the wrist?

  27. orivar says: Apr 4, 2013 6:54 PM

    ozymandias121 says:
    Apr 4, 2013 1:56 PM
    What’s wrong with getting to know everything about a guy who you are about to invest millions of dollars into?
    —————————————————-

    The character Ozymandias would actually say something like that, thus I’m not surprised.

  28. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 4, 2013 7:28 PM

    But who are we kidding here. The employers are in the drivers seat no matter what the laws say. If an employer thinks a candidate is not a good fit for any reason, that candidate probably is not getting hired.

    Whether that reason is based on something personal and regardless of whether it’s true or not.

  29. timpiker says: Apr 4, 2013 7:40 PM

    I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!

  30. 4superbowls says: Apr 4, 2013 8:06 PM

    Boy, didn’t see that one coming.

    Was that comment okay? Or is my inane comment annoying the people who don’t want to read them, yet can’t seem to stop themselves from scrolling down to do so? Also, is my grammar and sentence structure acceptable?

  31. hsteacher says: Apr 4, 2013 11:17 PM

    I could care less that a team official would ask such a question. I am more interested in how an NFL prospect would answer the question. I also think, in the end, team officials could care less if a player is gay. They just want to see how this individual would handle himself when presented with the question and seeing if the NFL prospect understands if you are gay then when working in this envirment you might want to hide this part of your life.

  32. citnetter says: Apr 5, 2013 8:32 AM

    Maybe the team just thought the kid was lonely and figured they’d set him up with a hooker and wanted to know his preference.

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