Human Rights Campaign: NFL not doing enough about Combine questioning

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America’s largest gay civil rights organization is criticizing the NFL over inappropriate questions to prospective players at the Scouting Combine.

The Human Rights Campaign released a statement about running back Derrius Guice being asked if he likes men at the Scouting Combine, calling on the league to take more serious actions to ensure such questions are not asked in the future.

“The fact that Derrius Guice was asked by an NFL team — and a prospective employer — about his sexual orientation is absurd and inappropriate,” the statement said. “With similar incidents already reported, it’s clear that the NFL did not do enough to prevent it from happening again. Guice’s experience illustrates the risks faced by millions of LGBTQ people today in employment, athletics, housing and other areas of their lives. It’s why we need swift action to condemn these kinds of practices and to fight for passage of the Equality Act to ensure comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people. The NFL should take serious actions that address these unacceptable incidents and the perpetuation of an unwelcoming anti-LGBTQ environment, including publicly supporting the Equality Act.”

At least two other players have previously been asked questions related to their sexual orientation at the Scouting Combine. That this is still happening indicates that the NFL hasn’t done a good enough job communicating to coaches, scouts and executives about what constitutes appropriate questioning at the Combine.

26 responses to “Human Rights Campaign: NFL not doing enough about Combine questioning

  1. Sexual orientation? Seriously NFL, after having decades of a number of closeted gay men playing in the NFL? The NFL has more house cleaning to do.

  2. If its offensive just name the team. Unless he still wants the possibility of playing for them.

  3. Boy they really go over these players with a fine tooth comb. Obviously, they weren’t quite so careful when hiring some of their personnel people. Where do they find these guys?

  4. I dunno… Sunday’s, some stuff on the grill. Iced down beers. family, friends. I’m not looking at a persons sexual orientation… this all seems so ridiculous

  5. skmad2014 says:
    March 8, 2018 at 10:48 am
    If its offensive just name the team. Unless he still wants the possibility of playing for them.

    It is offensive and he isn’t obligated to name the team. One individual who doesn’t get the rules (and laws) of interviewing doesn’t destroy “the team,” it reflects on the individual. And you don’t have a right to know. I am also sure it isn’t just one team. The problem is endemic and needs to be solved systemically.

  6. redlikethepig says:
    March 8, 2018 at 10:44 am
    Is this really a problem? Why does anyone care?

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    Yes this really is a problem. People care because if any fortune 500 company asked these types of questions their HR department would immediately be hauled into court for discrimination. So yes, many people care.

  7. @skawh is right. There have been and will continue to be gay and bisexual players in the NFL. So why make an issue of it now? It’s really mind boggling. Whatever team that did this is about to face a PR nightmare and protests, deservedly so.

  8. reddzen says:
    March 8, 2018 at 10:54 am
    skmad2014 says:
    March 8, 2018 at 10:48 am
    If its offensive just name the team. Unless he still wants the possibility of playing for them.

    It is offensive and he isn’t obligated to name the team. One individual who doesn’t get the rules (and laws) of interviewing doesn’t destroy “the team,” it reflects on the individual. And you don’t have a right to know. I am also sure it isn’t just one team. The problem is endemic and needs to be solved systemically.
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    Didn’t say we had a right to know. Then name the individual. Don’t see Harvey Weinstein making a whole lot of movies these days do you? If you want to solve the “endemic problem” thats the most effective way to do it. You really trust the system of the NFL to solve it? Good luck with that!

  9. redlikethepig says:
    March 8, 2018 at 10:44 am
    Is this really a problem? Why does anyone care?
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    It’s a problem because employers shouldn’t be asking these kinds of questions.

    No one SHOULD care, it’s a private matter and it’s not the employer’s business. “Outing” a rookie player is a terrible thing to try to do, but it’s also incredibly foolish from a legal and business standpoint. What if a player answered “yes” and then the team leaked it to the press?

    Michael Sam was raked over the coals for coming out prior to the draft – he did it because it was on his own terms. What was this team even trying to do? What did they hope to accomplish?

  10. The NFL should put two people in each interview room not affiliated with the interviewing team. If this question or other inappropriate questions that have been communicated in advance with the team is asked then disciplinary actions are taken.

  11. The old Sticks and stones mantra just doesn’t work anymore with these thin skinned snowflake types. Thus the decline of the NFL and America as a whole. It’s very sad to watch

  12. revskip says:
    March 8, 2018 at 10:59 am
    redlikethepig says:
    March 8, 2018 at 10:44 am
    Is this really a problem? Why does anyone care?

    ————————————————————————————

    Yes this really is a problem. People care because if any fortune 500 company asked these types of questions their HR department would immediately be hauled into court for discrimination. So yes, many people care.
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    I don’t know of many fortune 500 companies with around 53 guys that shower together do you?
    I don’t care either way but I’m pretty sure that an owner doesn’t want it in his locker room…right or wrong it’s reality

  13. The NFL is filled with executives who don’t have an ounce of professionalism in them. It’s those executives who should be subjected by the league to go through professional interview training. Many of the college kids today know more about dealing in normal society than NFL executives and coaches. It’s sad, but very true. In the real world, Josh Rosen wouldn’t be drafted and would select an employer that he felt was the best fit and not be subjected to people and organizations who won’t allow him to think for himself. This is freaking 2018. Time for Roger Goodell to provide HR coaching to executives and coaches around the league.

  14. @reddzen

    The problem is endemic and needs to be solved systemically.
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    With this much information you must work in the NFL office, so just tell us all who the team and person is asking these questions.

    If Guice was offended he could always name the team, which would probably eliminate him from ever playing on that team.

  15. if people were actually accepting of other peoples orientation then questions like this wouldn’t be a big deal and nobody would make a big deal about it.

  16. Does everyone really think that every question asked in these interviews is to get a direct answer? For those that think they were really asking if this guy or the one one liked girls or boys. Questions like these may go to seeing what the response is like, targeting specific social issues we currently deal with. Folks think outside the box a bit. A persons response to an awkward question can help one determine how that person may react in well an awkward situation or worse.

  17. One or two assistant coaches asks completely whacko questions and it’s suddenly a Human Rights Campaign issue? Seriously?

    Think about it…~350 young men…hundreds of coaches/assistants/evaluators…hundreds of 15 minute interviews going on and literally *thousands* of questions being asked and this is the headline? smh

  18. revskip says:
    March 8, 2018 at 10:59 am
    redlikethepig says:
    March 8, 2018 at 10:44 am
    Is this really a problem? Why does anyone care?

    ————————————————————————————

    Yes this really is a problem. People care because if any fortune 500 company asked these types of questions their HR department would immediately be hauled into court for discrimination. So yes, many people care.
    _________________________________________________
    I don’t know of many fortune 500 companies with around 53 guys that shower together do you?
    I don’t care either way but I’m pretty sure that an owner doesn’t want it in his locker room…right or wrong it’s reality
    _________________________________________________________

    The owner you reference should know, it’s already in the locker room. Naive to think otherwise

  19. Packrule says: Does everyone really think that every question asked in these interviews is to get a direct answer?

    Possibly not, but they’ve all been told not to ask the questions.

  20. OMG You’ve GOT to be kidding!!! A Human Rights violation??!!! Put your big boy pants on!!! Baiting and smack talk are prevalent on the field. Like it or not it’s an aspect of the game!!! These guys have been dealing with this since they played “POP Warner”! Any intelligent agent would want to see how a prospect might react. Considering some of the “extracurricular activities” on display on the field last year (and every other) you certainly cant blame the scouts for checking the thickness of a prospects skin.

    It reminds me of a Miami Dolphin who cried about bullying! What happened to him? He just threatened his high school!!! If someone had check the thickness of his skin he may never have played in the NFL and gone on to live a happy life with the other snowflakes!!!

    It’s not a sexist or a racial issue. There are both men and women of all races and sexual orientations that have strong self esteem and cannot be baited by these BS questions!!! C’mon!!

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