DeMaurice Smith: Ban the team that asked the Derrius Guice question from the Combine

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NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith has a simple solution to the problem of teams asking players inappropriate questions at the Scouting Combine: Keep the teams that do it from participating.

Smith said on PFT Live that he thinks the team that asked running back Derrius Guice if he likes men should not be permitted to participate in the Scouting Combine going forward.

“Find out what team did it and ban them from the Combine,” Smith said. “The question is inappropriate. Questions along these lines are always inappropriate.”

Smith said he doesn’t like the whole way the NFL treats players entering the league, although those players are not yet union members and so there’s only so much he can do for them.

“I’ve never been a fan of the Combine,” Smith said.

The players themselves are in an awkward situation because if they push back against inappropriate questions, they risk getting labeled a problem, hurting their own draft stock and earning potential. So it’s on the NFL to force teams to knock it off.

76 responses to “DeMaurice Smith: Ban the team that asked the Derrius Guice question from the Combine

  1. What?!? I don’t get why this is such a huge deal. It’s a stupid, unprofessional question. But this is also a very unique profession, with a bunch of dudes daily showering together. If some old school guy wants to ask that question to gauge his reaction (perhaps even whether he is going to bigoted toward others who may be gay), who cares? R E L A X

  2. I am amazed that he actually realized an opportunity…To enhance his completely inept leadership. And act as if he isn’t a paid off corporate sponsor logo…This is so wrong in so many ways.

  3. If combine interviews are considered job interviews, the question isn’t just immoral. It’s probably also illegal. Smith is spot-on. The team needs to be sanctioned.

  4. Smarter to ask the players if they respect the anthem and the country that it represents. If those players had been weeded out earlier the NFL would not have suffered the collapse in ratings and public support the last year.

  5. DeMaurice doesn’t get it.

    The point of asking weird questions is to see how a player reacts to the situation and what type of quick thinking process they go through. Teams know every player has gone through pre-Combine prep, so the answers to normal questions are all canned and smoothly prepared.

    Questions like these knocks players off a bit and teams want to see them recover quickly on their feet.

  6. These types of questions are asked because they want to see how the player reacts. They want to see if he gets angry, defensive or of he is able to calmly answer and move on. Even with those intentions, it’s a stupid question.

  7. Smith should focus more on getting his union a better CBA. Focus on getting players better guaranteed contracts and get rid of the franchise tag that screws them out of free agency. But you know instead whine about this.

  8. “this is also a very unique profession, with a bunch of dudes daily showering together…”

    the showers are in stalls. facilities are a lot more modern, and accommodating than your local gyms, and learning institutions.

    simulating hate in the form of insults, or racism in the name of a psychological test, or to unify people, is lazy.

    there are many more appropriate ways to find out about someone psyche.

  9. Big deal!!! Why are people making such a fuss about this? Billionaire owners should have the right to know whatever they want when it comes to hiring an employee!! Stop being so soft. If he doesn’t like the question then ask the team to not draft him. I bet each time he gets his paycheck he would still deposit it even if there was a note in the envelope asking if he liked men!!! Bigger fish to fry then to worry about this nonsense!!

  10. How can a team judge a player’s character and intelligence if they use morons to ask the questions? If you want to see how a kid reacts to a provocative question, anybody with half a brain could manage to come up with something that doesn’t violate somebody’s privacy or insult his mother (reported elsewhere).

    The League is quick to jump all over players for every little thing, but they let management do the same garbage over and over with no consequences. I like Smith’s idea. If your team management can’t behave themselves at the Combine, then they should sit it out until they get it through their thick skulls.

  11. If a potential employer is making a hiring decision using sexual preference as a criterion, that is discrimination – that alone makes this a really dumb question to ask, even if the answer is irrelevant to the team that asked.

  12. lsuzilla says:
    March 8, 2018 at 8:06 am
    How do we know this question was even asked?
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    There is a link to the story where he was interviewed and said he was asked that.

  13. Derrius Guice simply needs to reveal to Commish Goodell which team it was and just know that this particular team surely will not draft him for revealing their identity: problem solved with NFL fine and penalty imposed!

  14. First time I totally agree with DeMaurice Smith. There should be consequences for the idiot coaches or scouts who ask these inappropriate questions that happen to be against the law. These incidents pop up every year and someone gets a smack on the wrist. Maybe it will be taken more seriously if there were consequences.

  15. maybe the Q is asked so that if a player response and say’s I hate gay people, then the would not want him on their team. Lets not asume its to find out if the player is gay. People asume to much and get their emotions in a bind.

  16. Stop with the relax crap it’s against the law, plain and simple. They think treat poor college students this way. Because they have all the power. NFL draft is unfree market bs. I would love to see one these guys refuse and push the point.

  17. Asking pointed (or even somewhat ambiguous) questions about an individual’s sexual orientation is totally out of line, especially in a business context. My hope is that the next time a team asks such a question, the player–no matter what his sexual orientation may be–will call them out and then tell the press exactly what’s going on. Then the NFL won’t dare blackball the player, because everyone will know that the question was unprofessional and totally unacceptable. The onus is on the NFL to police their teams. No collegiate prospect/job applicant should have to answer questions about their sexuality. This is the 21st century, not the 12th.

  18. Before criticizing this, think of all the times you saw one pkayer get in another players head so that they lost their cool and did something that hurt their team. And think hiw critical you were of the player for doing that. Trust his team was unhappy too. So thats what they are screening for. Whoever asked that question could care less what the answer was, they were watching to see how he handked being asked. They want to know whether the Ingcognitos of this world are going to get this guy to tip over on the field ir if he can maintain his professional discipline through it all.

  19. wallabear says:
    March 8, 2018 at 8:31 am
    Derrius Guice simply needs to reveal to Commish Goodell which team it was and just know that this particular team surely will not draft him for revealing their identity: problem solved with NFL fine and penalty imposed!

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    The thing is, if he simply gave an answer (either way, doesnt matter) and then just calmly waited for the next question without ever losing his focus on the interview he may have won himself a job on the very team that asked it.

  20. DeMaurice Smith says he doesn’t like the Combine. Hey — these owners are about to invest millions of dollars in these young men so they need to know everything about them.
    Would DeMaurice Smith buy a car without test driving it?
    Plus, the Combine gives players who are under the radar a chance to open the eyes of the coaches by doing well.

  21. Forget banning the team from the combine… Dock them a pick. Teams would freak out if they lost a third or fourth round pick because some meathead coach asked a stupid question.

  22. at least one other person hit it on the nose, it should be considered a interview. In existing law that is an illegal question for an interview… no matter what the NFL does it has to do something more than just condemn the act, or one of these kids may lawyer up and sue.. only reason they havent yet is the prospect of being black balled out of the league as a response

  23. I get the premise that the questions are to gauge the response of the interviewee….that doesn’t change the fact that it is an illegal question of a potential employee, in what amounts to a job interview….This opens a can of worms where draft prospects can potentially sue if they don’t get drafted where they feel they should have.

  24. “Billionaire owners should have the right to know whatever they want when it comes to hiring an employee!!”
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    Whew. Thank heaven somebody stepped in to defend the billionaires. Those guys just can’t catch a break.

  25. You can’t give a team the competitive disadvantage of not coming to the combine at all. Dock them a pick or fine the teams combine representatives. Hitting them in the wallet usually gets their attention if it is enough.

  26. Inappropriate? Heck, these days they might’ve been hoping he liked guys so they could put it into the team’s marketing plan. Think of all the positive publicity and media hype. It would practically guarantee an ESPY Courage Award.

  27. “Why are people making such a fuss about this? Billionaire owners should have the right to know whatever they want when it comes to hiring an employee!!”

    So billionaire owners have a right to violate employment laws just because they’re billionaires?

    No, they don’t.

  28. A 1-year combine ban would probably do it. No team would want to risk undermining a whole draft over one question.

    We’ll see just how spineless Goodell is here. Fine Jones $2 million for questioning his authoritah, but what kind of punishment for an illegal act? We’ll see.

  29. dutch388 says:
    March 8, 2018 at 9:41 am

    You can’t give a team the competitive disadvantage of not coming to the combine at all.

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    If you put someone in jail for murder, just think of how you’re hurting their earning potential!

    Yeah, that’s not good logic. This is just a game. Someone breaks the law, their relative standing in the game is not relevant.

  30. kevpft says:
    March 8, 2018 at 11:05 am

    A 1-year combine ban would probably do it. No team would want to risk undermining a whole draft over one question.

    We’ll see just how spineless Goodell is here. Fine Jones $2 million for questioning his authoritah, but what kind of punishment for an illegal act? We’ll see.
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    I am not sure that you understand how legal systems work. You file a lawsuit and lose, the one you sued has legal grounds to seek retribution for the cost of the lawsuit.

    It’s not a fine. It’s making the organization whole for the costs it incurred.

  31. Ban them? That’s way too harsh. So they asked a dumb question and once they’re named they will be shamed by the media but banning them from the combine is too extreme!

  32. The NFLPA should hold it’s own showcase for players, then they can control who is allowed in and which questions can be asked. Problem solved.

  33. Its a job interview, so employment law applies.

    If you don;t like players protesting the anthem because they are at work, then I hope you just as mad at the team in question for asking an illegal question. I run a business, and I’d be sued if I ask ed about sexual orientation. IT IS SIMPLY NOT ALLOWABLE UNDER THE LAW, whether you like that fact or not.

  34. Haha. This guy is so full of crap. They are not yet union members so there is not much he can do to save them from the big mean league…except, of course, to sell them down the river during CBA negotiations. Smith wants praise both ways. Why couldn’t he have a rep at the interviews that could look out for his future ATMs?

  35. kevpft says:
    March 8, 2018 at 11:06 am

    If you put someone in jail for murder, just think of how you’re hurting their earning potential!

    Yeah, that’s not good logic. This is just a game. Someone breaks the law, their relative standing in the game is not relevant.

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    You wish to talk about logic and then equate this question to murder?

    Wow……take it waaaay to seriously much?

    All I want, is for them to not do it again.

    Dock them a 3rd rounder……..or fine the questioner will do it.

    Keeping them from the combine likely does it less so……they can go to the guys pro days.

    And for crying out loud nobody was killed here.

  36. I just want someone to answer that question like Leonard Washington from “Chappelle’s Show”:
    “None o’ your goddamn business.”

  37. dutch388 says:
    March 8, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    You wish to talk about logic and then equate this question to murder?

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    Read it again and think a little harder. I’m not equating anything. It’s an analogy of thought processes used to highlight the flaw in your reasoning, not a comparison of seriousness. You say they “can’t” put a team at a competitive disadvantage. Of course they can! We’re talking about potentially breaking the law here. The inconvenience of a punishment is not a primary consideration when laws are broken.

    If you had said, “I think that punishment would be too serious for this offense”, I wouldn’t even have commented. But competitiveness within an entertainment product is not a preventative to punishment from the law.

  38. It’s a proper question, until they are prepared to provide each player private locker room facilities. No hetero man wants another man checking out their ‘junk’ in the locker room or sexually ‘enticed’ by normal Game contact (this is the reality of it). Gross!

  39. So Crates says:
    March 8, 2018 at 11:34 am

    I am not sure that you understand how legal systems work. You file a lawsuit and lose, the one you sued has legal grounds to seek retribution for the cost of the lawsuit.

    It’s not a fine. It’s making the organization whole for the costs it incurred.

    =================

    You do understand that is not what happened here, right? It’s just Goodell announcing that Jones will pay money to the NFL office, and then it happens. By “fine”, I mean “de facto fine”, because that’s what it is – a punitive/preventative measure that takes place well outside any courtroom.

  40. Brian Spears says:
    March 8, 2018 at 8:46 am
    Stop with the relax crap it’s against the law, plain and simple. They think treat poor college students this way. Because they have all the power. NFL draft is unfree market bs. I would love to see one these guys refuse and push the point.

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    See Eli Manning. His agent told the Chargers Eli would sit out the season if they drafted him. They drafted him, but traded him to the Giants because they knew he would not play for them.

  41. macbull says:
    March 8, 2018 at 8:53 am
    Name the team(s) that ask inappropriate, stupid questions…that should take care of it.

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    Why bother…Just enforce Article 46, Section 1313, Hominous E pluribus unum, which states: No matter what the infraction is, the New England Patriots get penalized their first and forth round draft pick and get fined $1 Million Dollars (Roger’s pinky in the corner of his mouth).

  42. These questions are meaningless. Unless the team want to see what reaction they get from a left field question. Nobody tells the truth if they believe the truth will hurt their chances when asked questions of this nature. I would be a smart ass and return the question if asked something so ridiculous. Laugh it off, it’s not like your being questioned by the KGB or your wife. If your a good player and they rate you they will sign you if they can.

  43. only a racist would ask such a question. lucky he wasn’t punched in the face. You don’t insult someone’s Mother, period.

  44. anybody want to bet the people calling for this team to lose a pick or somebody to be fired over something they said are the same people saying that player kneeling is protected speech so you better shut up and accept it.

    Some people think free speech = speech they agree with and that’s it.

  45. dumbaseinstien says:
    March 8, 2018 at 1:51 pm
    It’s a proper question, until they are prepared to provide each player private locker room facilities. No hetero man wants another man checking out their ‘junk’ in the locker room or sexually ‘enticed’ by normal Game contact (this is the reality of it). Gross!

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    I recommend you connect with a gay person you know (and you will know someone) and discuss this. They will gladly explain that it is completely wrong and the last thing in the world to ever worry about.

  46. DuhMaurice doesn’t even concern himself the union players, why is he opening his pie hole about anything ?!?! Worse leader ever !!!!!

  47. I can see why Derrius Guice would be reluctant to name the team. No matter what, he’ll be branded with being a troublemaker and that team could be a potential employer. Also, let’s not pretend that there’s no collusion among the GMs and owners. Snitches get stitches.

  48. If I were one of the good teams who pick late, I’d be hoping and praying that all the cellar dwellers pass up Guice. It kind of sounds like a question that would come from a cellar dweller team anyway.

  49. If a question of this type is not allowed at a “regular” job interview, then it should not be allowed at an NFL interview. If they take away a draft choice, then this would stop.

  50. Until these young men are drafter they are not under the NFLPA’s purview. Skeletor Smith should focus on getting a better CBA the next time it rolls around.

  51. It’s the wrong thing to do in any interview and it has been litigated successfully many times. The team will be discovered and fined. The guy who asked the question will be fired.

  52. Let’s not ask someone who’s about to get handed millions of dollars any sensitive questions, wouldn’t want to trigger them, considering the massive investment about to made in them..

  53. as a constitutional issue free speech is only the protection from government censorship, how ever as football relates the kneeling is something that is allowed under the CBA, and you apparently are ignoring the fact, it is illegal for any employer to ask in a interview things like how many kids do you have, what is your religion, sexual orientation just to name a few.

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