Chris Kluwe believes that scouts shouldn’t have asked prospects about their sexuality. (Credit Jeff Lewis/Icon SMI)
In light of the Manti Te’o girlfriend hoax, more and more teams are wondering how relationships are affecting players. Two prospects, Colorado tight end Nick Kasa and Michigan State running back Le’Veon Bell, have said that they were asked questions about their sexual orientation at the scouting combine.
While the NFL is looking into those allegations, the prospects are getting some support from one of the NFL’s most outspoken supporters of same-sex marriage rights, Viking punter Chris Kluwe. As Kareem Copeland of Around the League writes, Kluwe believes the scouts were definitely in the wrong asking those questions to NFL prospects.
“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.”
“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.”
This isn’t a new position for Kluwe; he’s been campaigning for same-sex marriage rights with Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo for quite some time now.
As Kluwe stated, it’s easy to see why teams want to inquire about a player’s sexuality. But as is the case with all types of employers, not just the NFL, sexual orientation does not belong in the criteria for employment. Teams whose scouts asked those types of questions could be in serious trouble with the league.
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