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NFL Prospect Nick Kasa Says Recruiters Asked About His Sexual Orientation

Earlier this week I reported on some remarks by sports columnist Mike Florio indicating that NFL recruiters at this year's Combine were interested in finding out whether or not Notre Dame linebacker, Manti Te'o is gay.

The interest presumably stems from questions surrounding Te'o and the fake girlfriend hoax.

KasaHowever, Te'o is reportedly not the only player to be asked about his sexuality, the HuffPost reports:

NFL prospect Nick Kasa was asked by scouts about his sexual orientation at the NFL Combine, the tight end said in a radio interview on Tuesday.

Kasa, a senior at the University of Colorado, is one of a few hundred players who participated this week in the NFL Scouting Combine, an annual showcase for NFL prospects in advance of April's draft. Over the course of the Combine, participants submit themselves for a variety of physical and mental tests, as well as interviews with NFL teams. According to Kasa, it was during these interviews that the topic of his sexual preferences came up.

“[Teams] ask you like, ‘Do you have a girlfriend?’ Are you married?’ Do you like girls?’” Kasa told CJ and Kreckman of ESPN Radio Denver on Tuesday. “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.”

UPDATE: In remarks regarding this report, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told Outsports the league is investigating:

“Like all employers, our teams are expected to follow applicable federal, state and local employment laws. 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.”

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  1. That is just unacceptable. In fact, it's illegal to ask such things in a are job interview, which is what this process essentially is.

    Posted by: Cal | Feb 27, 2013 12:36:07 PM

  2. And I want to know what his answers were. He's hot.

    Posted by: Jayson | Feb 27, 2013 12:42:58 PM

  3. Just a quick comment...I don't think it is, per se, illegal to *ask questions* about race, ethnic origin, physical handicaps, religion, etc., during a job is illegal to make hiring or firing decisions based on the answers...

    So asking about it isn't the problem, it's using the info when making a go/no go decision.

    Just my interpretation of the law.

    Posted by: Robert in SF | Feb 27, 2013 12:57:45 PM

  4. The asinine sports reporters conducting the radio interview KNEW that he'd been asked about his sexual preferences, and they kept asking pointed questions to get him to tell that he'd been asked whether he liked girls. And then, of course, HAHA!YUK!YUK! they asked what his answer was.

    Posted by: DUMBASSES | Feb 27, 2013 12:58:23 PM

  5. @Robert: It's illegal to ask. For about 40 years.

    Posted by: Don't Ask | Feb 27, 2013 12:59:54 PM

  6. Forget the legal issues here, the question is why the NFL needs to know in the first place. It's none of their business. In fact, it's a little creepy that they ask in the first place.

    Posted by: Jack M | Feb 27, 2013 12:59:56 PM

  7. @Cal -- the problem is that is ISN'T illegal to ask questions about sexual orientation in the majority of states. Sexual orientation is not a protected class in most states. It could be if ENDA passes but right now it is not. Many employers have policies to prevent this, but that is up to the individual employer in most cases. Of course the real question is why is this any of their business. It isn't, but as long as it is legal to ask, some of them will.

    Posted by: Alex Parrish | Feb 27, 2013 1:03:10 PM

  8. @Dont Ask; I think either you live in a state where there is a law covering sexual orientation (one of a few) or you are misinformed. As an HR professional in a firm that does protect for sexual orientation, I would never do it, but most states have no laws preventing it.

    Posted by: Alex Parrish | Feb 27, 2013 1:07:16 PM

  9. disgusting. but so is football which is ranked the #2 riskiest sport (after boxing) for CTE, aka, BRAIN DAMAGE.

    Posted by: redball | Feb 27, 2013 1:08:06 PM

  10. The NFL actually added sexual orientation to its own anti-discrimination rules.

    Posted by: Steve | Feb 27, 2013 1:08:09 PM

  11. Don't Ask: It's not strictly "illegal" to ask people certain questions in interviews about things like race, sex, etc. There is no one sitting in jail for asking those questions. But it's stupid to ask a question that could so easily get you in legal trouble. There's no reason to ask about race, and merely asking the question may show your intent to discriminate. So people say it is "illegal" to ask the question when in fact it is not. And if you live in a jurisdiction where there are no protections for gays, it's even less of a legal problem to ask about sexual orientation.

    Posted by: ChicagoR | Feb 27, 2013 1:14:01 PM

  12. Yes, of course it's not illegal to ask this question in most states. But that's not really the issue. The question is why they are asking it at all.
    There was a very memorable essay year and years ago in XY magazine (yes, I was young enough to legally read it at the time LOL) about how professional sports arose because of changes in the cultural construction of masculinity that took place between the 19th and 20th century. To whatever degree that's true, the NFL is a big part of American heteronormativity. However, to ask the question in this context is, IMHO, to curiously queer the question. On the surface it's easy to think they just want to "keep queers out of the NFL". It's a given that they must have realized the mere asking of the question would leak to the media. But I wonder if an underlying motive...buried in the "collective subsconscious" of the NFL which surely exists even for an organization mostly run by rich, white, antediluvian blockheads - is to ready "die volk" for even the possibility of such a thing in the future.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Feb 27, 2013 1:17:21 PM

  13. One other possibility here that I see noone mentioning is that the NFL may be looking for a potential NFL player who does have the courage to come out.

    It would certainly create a bit of positive buzz for the NFL in the light of other scandals like the concussion issues, the bounty issues with the Saints, etc.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Feb 27, 2013 1:23:06 PM

  14. The sad thing about all this is that thus far there are still no players in the NFL who are comfortable enough to say if they are gay.

    Posted by: Patrick | Feb 27, 2013 1:24:32 PM

  15. May be they try to recruit some openly gay players since they seem to be under-represented.

    Posted by: simon | Feb 27, 2013 1:31:33 PM

  16. How astonishingly pathetic and backwoods in 2013.
    You boys really need ENDA and an Equality Act.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Feb 27, 2013 1:33:16 PM

  17. I can't wait to hear Ayanbedejo and Kluwe weigh in on this.

    Posted by: melvin | Feb 27, 2013 1:38:06 PM

  18. I'd like to know if Nick Kasa is gay as well.
    He's a tight end...whatever that means.

    Posted by: Gigi | Feb 27, 2013 1:57:25 PM

  19. Let's get real: seriously hot/cute/humpy/yummy. If he's not gay or bi, what a waste. If he is, boyfriends will be lining up for blocks, now serving #455.

    Posted by: Onnyjay | Feb 27, 2013 2:08:44 PM

  20. Should a Gay player lie if they are asked? Would you lie?

    Posted by: Kim | Feb 27, 2013 2:37:39 PM

  21. If that's a picture of Kasa, maybe they were asking him if he was gay to see if they might score a date!!!

    Posted by: Dan Cobb | Feb 27, 2013 2:46:04 PM

  22. @ Don't Ask:

    You say it's illegal to ask? BS! I'm a lawyer who practices in EOE law, and it is perfectly legal to ask a person about their sexual orientation just about everywhere in the USA.

    Posted by: Dan Cobb | Feb 27, 2013 2:47:21 PM

  23. @Dan Cobb,
    I'm an employment law attorney as well, and I sure hope you advise your clients not to ask questions about race, sexual orientation, etc. during a job interview unless the question is job-related (and in most cases, it won't be). Asking questions of that nature is asking for a lawsuit if that person isn't hired.

    You're right that it's not illegal. It's just economically stupid. Juries, at least here in San Francisco, would view evidence of asking about sexual orientation as a smoking gun for disparate treatment. The best business practice is to make sure that every question asked is job-related.

    Posted by: John | Feb 27, 2013 3:07:49 PM

  24. @ROBERT IN SF: I don't agree with your interpretation of the California FEHA, which governs employment discrimination in California. I was told specifically not to ask year of birth, religion, race, sexual orientation, marital status, whether an applicant had any children, and even to avoid asking specifically about any previous criminal problems. However, we were allowed to inform the applicant that if chosen, he/she would be required to fill out a bonding application and that the bonding company would make their own decision about whether to cover that person on our insurance against potentional theft and that we needed to make a photo copy of their California driver's license for our insurance company.

    I usually avoided any questions at all about criminal history and just left it up to the bonding company to figure that out. The reason we had to bond certain employees was because they would have occasional access to large sums of cash. If it was someone I was about to hire, I usually pointed out to them the obvious, that any unusual number of moving traffic violations would probably result in them being denied coverage on our policy. I once had an applicant tell me he had two or three speeding tickets when it turned out he had 12 violations in the previous three years, including two for DUI.

    Posted by: Ninong | Feb 27, 2013 3:21:30 PM

  25. @JOHN: I'm glad you pointed that out because I was hiring in SF myself and was warned by our attorney to never ask certain questions that I covered above. I forgot to mention that we were told not to ask a married woman anything at all about pregnancy or any plans to become pregnant in the future.

    Only once did I get concerned that I may have gotten myself in trouble in an interview and that was when I was dealing with a hostile female applicant who felt I was asking too many questions about her previous employment history in an attempt to figure out her age or marital status. It wasn't that at all because her sexual orientation was very obvious to me and I was merely establishing the fact that she was over qualified for the position.

    Posted by: Ninong | Feb 27, 2013 3:29:07 PM

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