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Human Rights Campaign condemns sexuality question at NFL combine

The Human Rights Campaign on Wednesday issued a statement condemning how a team asked former LSU running back Derrius Guice was asked whether he likes men during an interview at the NFL Scouting Combine last week.

“The fact that Derrius Guice was asked by an NFL team — and a prospective employer — about his sexual orientation is absurd and inappropriate,” the statement read, via Pro Football Talk. “With similar incidents already reported, it’s clear that the NFL did not do enough to prevent it from happening again. Guice’s experience illustrates the risks faced by millions of LGBTQ people today in employment, athletics, housing and other areas of their lives. It’s why we need swift action to condemn these kinds of practices and to fight for passage of the Equality Act to ensure comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people. 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.”

Guice earlier this week revealed how he was asked a question concerning his sexuality by an unidentified NFL team.

“It was pretty crazy. Some people are really trying to get in your head and test your reaction,” Guice said. “… 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?”

The NFL has since issued a rebuke concerning the line of questioning, with NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy calling it “completely inappropriate” and “wholly contrary to league workplace policies.”

“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,” added McCarthy. “We are looking into the matter.”

Pro Football Talk also notes this is the third such instance that a players has been asked questions about his sexuality during interviews at the combine.