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Derrius Guice, a 1,000-yard rusher from LSU, was told to come prepared for the NFL combine. He thought he was, until:
Some people are really trying to get in your head and test your reaction, the running back told SiriusXM, according to USA Today. 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, theyll try to bring up one of my family members and tell me, Hey, I heard your mom sells herself. How do you feel about that?’
Because the NFL doesnt have enough image problems these days.
Brian McCarthy, the leagues vice president of communications (think of him as the Sarah Sanders of the NFL), told USA Today that the league is looking into the matter.
Guice said he also was told by an NFL team representative, Hey, I heard your mom sells herself. How do you feel about that?
A question such as that is completely inappropriate and wholly contrary to league workplace policies, McCarthy said, quite possibly reading from a league brochure.
McCarthys words might carry more weight if this hadnt happened before. According to USA Today, a similar question was asked of Eli Apple by an Atlanta Falcons assistant at the combine two years ago. The league investigated that incident, the newspaper reported, and Falcons head coach Dan Quinn issued a statement saying he had explained to his assistant how inappropriate and unprofessional this was.
A spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign went a little farther than that.
With similar incidents already reported, its clear that the NFL did not do enough to prevent it from happening again, Ashland Johnson told the New York Daily News. The NFL should take serious actions that address these unacceptable incidents and the perpetuation of an unwelcoming anti-LGBTQ environment, including publicly supporting the Equality Act.
Best not hold your breath for that. After all, as the song goes, This is the NFL.