NFL hopeful says team scout asked him if he “likes girls”

The NFL just can’t turn the corner on its homophobia. This week NFL prospect Nick Kasa was asked by a scout for an NFL team whether he liked girls, or if he was married with a family. The NFL is not supposed to ask these questions but somehow the word didn’t get out, again.

Predictably, there are plenty of blockhead supporters out there who believe these are fair questions. In their mind, Kasa is costing himself money by complaining publicly about the questions (good for him). For them, it’s acceptable to weed out anyone who doesn’t continue propping up the ugly and outdate anti-gay bigotry that still permeates so much of professional sports, and especially the NFL of late.

SF 49ers' Chris Culliver, via Twitter.

SF 49ers’ Chris Culliver, via Twitter.

It was only a few weeks ago that NFL was addressing its most recent flare-up of homophobia, but little seems to have changed. In the lead up to the Super Bowl, Chris Culliver of the San Francisco 49ers used media day as an opportunity to tell gay football players to get out of the NFL. While he eventually apologized, the NFL, nor the 49ers, did much of anything to address the situation.  Though the 49ers were happy to suspend a player the month before for dissing the coaches. So just to-recap: Gay-bashing okay, coach-bashing, not so much.

Before that, another NFL player defended his right to use the word f*ggot.

And now we have NFL teams asking players if they like girls.

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo.

One of these days the NFL is going to have to take a stand and stop letting the bigots get away with this behavior. Maybe some older fans have no problem with bigots, but it’s no longer acceptable for a growing number of younger Americans.

NFLer Chris Kluwe on the Ed Show.

NFLer Chris Kluwe on the Ed Show.

Besides being against league rules, it’s just plain wrong.  But as long as the NFL keeps allowing this problem to continue, and only paying lip service to doing anything about it, it won’t get better, and the reputation of professional sports in this country will continue to sink.

Fortunately, there is hope.  Players like the Baltimore Ravens’ Brendon Ayanbadejo, and the Minnesota Vikings’ Chris Kluwe, have been amazingly outspoken in defense of gay rights generally, and their closeted gay teammates in the NFL.  The NFL could learn something from these two players.

Football via Shutterstock

Football via Shutterstock


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  • Butch1

    What the hell’s business is it to the scout? The private life of the player is just that and none of his business. I hope he told him it was none of his business whether he liked girls or not. What did that have to do with playing football?

  • Sweetie

    Who follows the law in pro sports? Besides people gossip and network if they want to find out about you. They don’t have to ask you directly.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    ROTFL….Oh, don’t I know!

  • hollywoodstein

    That’s the benefit of being older. You have lived many lives.

  • Jafafa Hots

    The NFL has anti-trust law exemption.
    Well past time to end that.

  • Stev84

    Women’s sports – especially the WNBA – are more subtle about this. They don’t outright ask, but they do a lot of negative recruiting. Certain teams use dog whistles like being a “family program” to signal that lesbians aren’t welcome. Or they more or less subtly insinuate that a coach at another university is a lesbian. And when they present players in public they always emphasize the ones who are married and have kids.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    Depends on the situation. I had my draft physical near the end of the Viet Nam Conflict. I decided to go with an honest, “Yes.” It worked wonders.

  • met00

    Minnesota Vikings’ Chris Kluwe graduated from Los Alamitos High School. He almost makes up for the fact that the “Watermelon Mayor” was elected (and recently re-elected) to the Los Alamitos City Council.

    Almost.

    On the positive side,he is the future and the Dean Grose’s of the world are the past.

    – a proud father of a LosAl Grad-to-be.

  • AdmNaismith

    From the movie ‘STRIPES':

    Recruiter:
    Now, are either of you homosexuals?

    John Winger:
    [John and Russell look at each other] You mean, like, flaming, or…

    Recruiter:
    Well, it’s a standard question we have to ask.

    Russell Ziskey:
    No, we’re not homosexual, but we are *willing to learn*.

    John Winger:
    Yeah, would they send us someplace special?

    Recruiter:
    I guess that’s “no” on both. Now if you could just give Uncle Sam your autograph…

    That was written 20-some yrs ago and Russell’s retort is still the only reasonable response to a question like that.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Hollyws I just love it when your various personailities come out all at once and comment…..very way!

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Yep…..

  • bkmn

    No, I like your sister/momma/daughter would shake them up a bit.

  • Indigo

    Actually, Mr. Bigtimer, I like guys better than girls but you’re not really my type. Sorry.

  • hollywoodstein

    See what I did there?

  • hollywoodstein

    That is enforced.

  • hollywoodstein

    That is enforced.

  • hollywoodstein

    Good idea split personality.

  • hollywoodstein

    Go drink something.

  • hollywoodstein

    If they only knew I’ve been kicked out of some of the best law schools on the east coast.

  • hollywoodstein

    Prolly cuz you went off on the Prop 8 thingy, and needed it mansplained to you that the Administration didn’t make the simple and clear as a liberty bell argument for full equality now since they were doing what they know is best for you.

  • hollywoodstein

    Why does everyone think Miss Woodstein doesn’t know the law?

  • hollywoodstein

    I know, I was being hipster ironic, clue the oughtta. I’ve fixed it now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Donald-Gaudard/1448815167 Donald Gaudard

    There is a law — the contract that all the parties signed which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The Union needs to file a complaint for this violation of their contract.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    There is no honor. no shame, no ethics or for that matter morality in pro sports. It’s all about the money.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    “Do you like girls” No dude, I like women.

  • hollywoodstein

    There oughtta be a law.

  • http://mexfiles.net Richard Grabman

    This isn’t just “against rules”, it’s illegal to ask prospective employees about their marital status under U.S. labor law.

  • UncleBucky

    I bet you that recruiters are being told that if they “pass” a potentially non-straight, single, something’s-wrong-here-kinda candidate, that the recruiters will be “written up”.

    There is no HONOR, there is no SHAME, and there are no ethics and morality (REAL morality, not this fake kind of sex-averse “morality” that thumpers screech about).

  • txiconoclast

    He’s not the only one. From ESPN:

    Colorado tight end Nick Kasa was the first to make the claim, revealing the line of questioning in an interview with ESPN Radio Denver on Tuesday.

    Michigan quarterback/receiver Denard Robinson, in an interview with the “The Dan Patrick Show” on Wednesday, and Michigan State running back Le’veon Bell, speaking with WDFN-Radio in Detroit on Thursday, also made similar claims.

    “[Teams] ask you like, ‘Do you have a girlfriend?’ ‘Are you married?’ ‘Do you like girls?’ ” Kasa said in his radio interview 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.”

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/draft2013/story/_/id/8995947/nfl-looks-combine-sex-orientation-question

  • Ichabod Cranium

    Asking if he’s married is straight-up illegal, if this is anything like a job interview. Sounds like this scout is not just a clueless homophobe, but an outright invitation for the EEOC to come knockin’

  • Bose

    Retired MLB (1985-93) player Mark Knudsen added a little more to the pro-sports pile a couple days ago, too:

    http://milehighsports.com/2013/02/28/knudson-its-about-whats-best-for-the-team/

    He argues that “We should salute Esera Tuaolo and other gay athletes who are able to keep their sexual orientation private during their playing days. It’s got to be very difficult to do, and yet it’s what’s best for the team.”

    For him, “heterosexual players involved have feelings, too, and they’re no more or less valid than the feelings of those in the gay community,” and Tuaolo is proof that the only possible harm to a gay player is hurt feelings.

    Somehow it escapes him that the world, including pro sports, has changed in the past 20 years, and everybody else should just respect decades-old sensitivities like his.

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