An NFL prospect said that he was asked if he was gay and if his mother was a prostitute during interviews with teams during the NFL Scouting Combine on Wednesday, according to USA Today.
Former LSU running back Derrius Guice said teams were asking him unusual questions to see how he would react.
“It was pretty crazy,” Guice said. “Some people are really trying to get in your head and test your reaction. … I go in one room, and a team will ask me do I like men, just to see my reaction. I go in another room, they’ll try to bring up one of my family members or something and tell me, ‘Hey, I heard your mom sells herself. How do you feel about that?’”
Are those questions allowed?
The NFL has, in the past, deemed questions about players’ sexuality to be impermissible.
In 2016, an Atlanta Falcons coach asked a player if he was gay, and was condemned for it by the Falcons’ head coach and by the NFL.
“The Falcons coach, one of the coaches, was like ‘So do you like men?’” Eli Apple, the prospect who was asked about his sexuality in 2016, said. “It was like the first thing he asked me. It was weird. I was just like, ‘No.’ He was like, ‘If you’re going to come to Atlanta, sometimes that’s how it is around here. You’re just going to have to get used to it. I guess he was joking, but they just ask most of these questions to see how you’re going to react.”
The NFL has said coaches who ask about players’ sexuality could be subject to discipline, but has not been specified what that discipline could be.