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NFL to Reinforce Policies Against Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation

After discussions with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who last month expressed concern over reports that potentional recruits at the NFL Combine were being asked questions to possibly determine whether or not they are gay, the NFL has announced it will be reinforcing policies against discrimination based on sexual orientation, ESPN reports:

KasaThe league will circulate its policy to all 32 teams and hang posters in locker rooms explaining the anti-discrimination rules. In addition, the NFL will hold training sessions for league personnel, including rookies and those responsible for hiring and recruiting new players.

The NFL also said it would strengthen its protocols for reporting incidents of discrimination or harassment.

"The NFL has a long history of valuing diversity and inclusion," commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. "Discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation is not consistent with our values and is unacceptable in the National Football League."

After investigating, the NFL said it found "no specific violations" at the Combine regarding inappropriate questioning.

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  1. The guy they asked was hawt!! The closet cases obviously want to bang him!!

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | Apr 26, 2013 10:06:28 AM


  2. Good news, but the question is, will players actually report harassment on the basis of orientation, when no-one is out? Let's hope that's the case. I read the NFL will also be checking in on teams throughout the year to ensure no player is being harassed because of his, at this point, perceived sexuality. That's good.

    All four leagues have anti-discrimination policies. Some will say they are more symbolic than anything but at the very least, closeted players know if they do come out, they cannot be released and these leagues will have their backs.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Apr 26, 2013 10:44:27 AM


  3. Good news, but the question is, will players actually report harassment on the basis of orientation, when no-one is out? Let's hope that's the case. I read the NFL will also be checking in on teams throughout the year to ensure no player is being harassed because of his, at this point, perceived sexuality. That's good.

    All four leagues have anti-discrimination policies. Some will say they are more symbolic than anything but at the very least, closeted players know if they do come out, they cannot be released and these leagues will have their backs.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Apr 26, 2013 10:44:27 AM


  4. Another good step. At least official policy is now in the right place, whereas 30 years ago, it was not.

    Still unclear whether this will make a difference in encouraging any active players to come out, though.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 26, 2013 3:19:46 PM


  5. These people will just find more secretive and quiet ways to discriminate.

    Posted by: Gabe R L | Apr 30, 2013 9:57:23 PM


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