NFL teams want to everything about every prospect they might consider in the 2013 NFL Draft. At the 2013 NFL Combine, they got the opportunity to ask a lot of questions about topics that could change the way they view a prospect. For some teams, this included sexual preference of the prospect they were interviewing. Have the teams crossed the line?
The player with the most rumors floating around heading into the 2013 NFL Draft and even the 2013 NFL Combine is Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o. Back when the Lennay Kekua scandal broke, many started questioning his sexuality rather unfairly. However, as Nick Kasa of Colorado told ESPN Radio in Denver, Manti Te'o wasn't the only prospect to face questions about his sexuality.
As reported by Larry Brown Sports:
“They ask you like, ‘Do you have a girlfriend?’ Are you married?’ Do you like girls?’” Kasa told the hosts. “Those kinds of things. It was kind of weird. But they would ask you with a straight face, and it’s a pretty weird experience altogether.”
But are the questions fair? Should NFL Draft prospects have to answer those questions? In some states such a question would be illegal, but as pointed out by Yahoo! Sports, there are some that don't have laws against it. In fact, most NFL franchises can ask such a question.
It's a weird situation and one that doesn't seem right. Sure, NFL teams pry into every prospect's life. They find out about every injury and every character flag so they know what kind of person they are drafting. But there doesn't seem to be any place where sexual preference should enter the process.
It was insinuated by Nick Kasa that the questions may have just been inserted to throw off prospects and try to get them off of any scripted responses they may have prepared for the typical interview questions. Even so, it doesn't sit well with most reasonable outside observers.
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