NFL, Gay Marriage and Sexual Preference Questions (Video)
Does the NFL support gay marriage rights?
It appears at least one team is concerned about their player's sexual preference.
Reports have claimed at least one team was asking possible incoming rookies if they liked girls at the National Football League combine in Indianapolis recently.
The combine is a testing ground for NFL prospects to showcase their talents to prospective teams that may select them in the upcoming NFL draft.
The players go through physical and mental tests and lots of interviews with teams and apparently a sexual preference quiz was given to a Colorado tight end.
University of Colorado TE Nick Kasa was asked by scouts about his sexual orientation at the NFL Combine, an ESPN report revealed this week.
“[Teams] ask you like, ‘Do you have a girlfriend?’ Are you married?’ Do you like girls?’” the tight end 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.”
Is that the right way to go for the league?
Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is an outspoken activist for equal rights and the SF Gate reveals during a recent interview said he "wants the league to make it abundantly clear to all teams that those questions are unacceptable -- especially to those at the combine looking to impress."
"They need to make it clear this is not a question that should be asked," Kluwe told NBC Sports' Dan Patrick, via the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
"The player is in a very vulnerable position right there, because he can't exactly tell a team 'go f- yourself' because he's looking for a job. And that gives the team a lot of power."
Kluwe has actively lobbied for same-sex marriage rights in Maryland, Minnesota and California.
"I can understand why teams are asking it, because they have this almost pathological need to know as much information as possible about players," Kluwe said. "They're going to be making a relatively large investment in that player, and anything that is surrounding that player can come back to the team.
"It doesn't matter what your sexuality is; it matters what can you do on the field. Hopefully in a couple of years, maybe a decade, we'll be past this."
The players union wants the league to investigate the matter.
"I know that the NFL agrees that these types of questions violate the law, our CBA and player rights," NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said in a statement to USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday. "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."
The NFL appears ready to comply, the report notes.
Gay marriage, the NFL at the US Supreme Court...
This week Kluwe was joined by Brendon Ayanbadejo in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down California's ban on same-sex marriage
"For far too long, professional sports have been a bastion of bigotry, intolerance and small-minded prejudice toward sexual orientation, just as they had been to racial differences decades earlier," lawyers for Brendon Ayanbadejo and Chris Kluwe said Thursday in a filing to the court.
That attitude is starting to change, they said, as sports leagues, teams and players "are finally speaking out against homophobia" and "tolerance is becoming the message in locker rooms."
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