NFLPA leader: Team that asked prospect about sexuality should be banned from NFL combine


NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith told PFT Live on Thursday morning that the team that asked prospect Derrius Guice whether he liked men should be banned from participating in the NFL Scouting Combine.

“Find out what team did it and ban them from the combine,” Smith said on PFT Live. “The question is inappropriate. Questions along these lines are always inappropriate.”

Guice, a former LSU running back, said in an interview Wednesday on the SiriusXM NFL show Late Hits that one NFL team at the combine asked about his sexuality, and another inquired whether his mother was a prostitute. The combine concluded earlier this week. 

“It was pretty crazy,” Guice said on the show. “Some people are really trying to get in your head and test your reaction. … I go in one room, and a team will ask me do I like men, just to see my reaction. I go in another room, they’ll try to bring up one of my family members or something and tell me, ‘Hey, I heard your mom sells herself. How do you feel about that?’ “

Pro Football Talk was the first to report the story.

NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy said in an email to USA TODAY Sports Thursday that the league is “looking into the matter.”

“A question such as that is completely inappropriate and wholly contrary to league workplace policies,” McCarthy said. “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.

“The league annually reminds clubs of these workplace policies that prohibit personnel from seeking information concerning a player’s sexual orientation.”

Contributing: A.J. Perez and Heather Tucker











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