NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The NFL says it will look into whether questions asked of Colorado tight end Nick Kasa at the combine violated any laws or league policies banning employers from inquiring about a possible employee’s sexual orientation.
Kasa said in a Denver radio appearance that during interviews with team officials at the combine in Indianapolis: “(Teams) ask you, like, ‘Do you have a girlfriend?’ ‘Are you married?’ ‘Do you like girls?’”
He did not identify who asked him such questions.
On Wednesday, Kasa said on the “Dan Patrick Show” he didn’t think it “was really a serious question.”
He also told CNN, “But like they would ask you with a straight face, and it’s a pretty weird experience altogether.”
The NFL said it will look into Kasa’s comments and that “any team or employee that inquires about impermissible subjects or makes an employment decision based on such factors is subject to league discipline.”
DeMaurice Smith, the head of the NFL players association, said in a statement: “I know that the NFL agrees that these types of questions violate the law, our CBA and player rights. I hope that they will seek out information as to what teams have engaged in this type of discrimination and we should then discuss appropriate discipline.”
On WFAN radio Wednesday, Baltimore Ravens star Terrell Suggs said “that’s pretty much an inappropriate question to ask a kid.”
“Some locker rooms are different, I only can speak for my own,” Suggs said on the “Boomer & Carton” show. “No, I don’t think (an openly gay player) would have a tough time in our locker room. We have a really laid-back, chill locker room, and we welcome everybody. We accept everybody for who they are.”
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