When Colorado tight end Nick Kasa was interviewed at the Scouting Combine, he was asked whether or not he liked girls. According to the New York Post on Feb. 28, the NFL is looking into allegations of teams delving into the sexual orientation of draft prospects.
“We will look into the report on the questioning of Nick Kasa at the Scouting Combine,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in a statement. “It is league policy to neither consider nor inquire about sexual orientation in the hiring process.”
This may be the official league policy, but Nick Kasa claims he was asked about his sex life during the interview.
“They ask you like, ‘Do you have a girlfriend? Are you married? Do you like girls?’” Kasa said on an ESPN Radio show in Denver. “Those kinds of things. It was kind of weird. But they would ask you with a straight face, and it’s a pretty weird experience altogether.”
If team officials actually did question Kasa about his sexuality, they may have crossed the line and violated league policy against discrimination. “Any team or employee that inquires about impermissible subjects or makes an employment decision based on such factors is subject to league discipline,” Aiello said.
This allegation by Kasa comes just days after it was made known that certain teams wanted more information as to the sexuality of Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o.
Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio explains. “Here’s the elephant in the room for the teams and it shouldn’t matter, but we have to step aside from the rest of reality and walk into the unique industry that is the NFL,” Florio said on the Dan Patrick Show. “Teams want to know whether Manti Te’o is gay. They just want to know. They want to know because in an NFL locker room, it’s a different world.”