NFL to look into player’s allegation that he was asked about sexual orientation at combine

February 27, 2013

The NFL will look into an allegation by a player that he was asked about his sexual orientation during the team-by-team interview process at the league’s scouting combine, which wrapped up Tuesday.

That claim was made by Colorado tight end Nick Kasa during a radio interview this week.

“Like all employers, our teams are expected to follow applicable federal, state and local employment laws,” Greg Aiello, the NFL’s senior vice president of communications, said in a written statement. “It is league policy to neither consider nor inquire about sexual orientation in the hiring process. In addition, there are specific protections in our collective bargaining agreement with the players that prohibit discrimination against any player, including on the basis of sexual orientation.

“We will look into the report on the questioning of Nick Kasa at the Scouting Combine. Any team or employee that inquires about impermissible subjects or makes an employment decision based on such factors is subject to league discipline.”

The league’s intention to look into the matter was first reported by USA Today.

Colorado tight end Nick Kasa runs a drill during the NFL combine Saturday (AP)
Colorado tight end Nick Kasa runs a drill during the NFL combine Saturday (AP)

Kasa did not identify the team or teams involved. According to an account by the Web site profootballtalk, Kasa said during an interview Tuesday with ESPN Radio Denver: “They ask you like, ‘Do you have a girlfriend? Are you married? Do you like girls?’ Those kinds of things, and you know it was just kind of weird. But they would ask you with a straight face, and it’s a pretty weird experience altogether.”

Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.
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