Former LSU standout RB and likely premium-round draft pick Derrius Guice said on SiriusXM NFL radio Wednesday night that a team asked him at the scouting combine last week whether he likes men.
Sadly, this awful, irrelevant and potentially illegal line of questioning directed by a team toward a NFL draft prospect isn't new.
Just two years ago, the Atlanta Falcons' then defensive backs coach Marquand Manuel asked then-Ohio State CB Eli Apple a similar question regarding his sexual preference. That was on the heels of multiple 2013 NFL Draft prospects fielding the same question from clubs. In 2010, the Miami Dolphins infamously asked Dez Bryant whether his mother was a prostitute.
NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy told Pro Football Talk in a statement on Thursday that "a question such as that is completely inappropriate and wholly contrary to league workplace policies. The NFL and its clubs are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees in a manner that is consistent with our commitment to diversity and inclusion, state and federal laws and the CBA. We are looking into the matter."
NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith suggested on PFT live the guilty club should be banned from the combine.
The most consistent aspect of the NFL when it comes to "its commitment to providing equal employment opportunities" is the league's inconsistency. From the seemingly annual failure by clubs to abide by the Rooney Rule to team's nearly bi-annual broaching of questions at the combine that don't belong anywhere near job interviews to the continued unemployment of one former Super Bowl quarterback-turned-activist, these mistakes keep occurring as the NFL's faux reaction of shock and horror falls on deaf ears and teams continue to unpunished.
When will it change? Perhaps when the NFL gets serious about the issue and takes meaningful disciplinary steps, from significant fines to docking of draft picks, when teams cross this line.