Greg Aiello, who runs media relations for the NFL and is a good guy, sent me this information about a team allegedly asking a draft prospect about his sexual orientation at the Combine. I share it with you:

Lowell: We are in the process of reviewing the matter. Here is the statement we issued after learning of the report:

Like all employers, our teams are expected to follow applicable federal, state and local employment laws.  It is league policy to neither consider nor inquire about sexual orientation in the hiring process.  In addition, there are specific protections in our collective bargaining agreement with the players that prohibit discrimination against any player, including on the basis of sexual orientation. We will look into the report on the questioning of Nick Kasa at the Scouting Combine. Any team or employee that inquires about impermissible subjects or makes an employment decision based on such factors is subject to league discipline.


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  1. Dr. Feelgood

    Hope the Niners interview team didn’t include Culliver.

    March 4th, 2013 10:02 am

  2. Bob In Portland

    Great, Lowell.

    March 4th, 2013 10:47 am

  3. Stan

    It seems like an obvious violation of NFL rules to ask. The question is now,does the NFL take it serious enough to be punitive?. Otherwise,its just pass the buck. A few years ago somebody was fired for asking a player if his mother had ever been a prostitute..this is about that level.

    March 4th, 2013 12:31 pm

  4. Kathy

    Liked your column, Lowell, but the use of “girls” in the headers to your two blog posts is startling, we’re talking about women, no? And not pedophiles attracted to minors?

    As for people who argue it’s a legitimate interview question because having a gay teammate might affect locker room dynamics, maybe teams should be asking recruits if they’re homophobic or otherwise prone to discriminatory attitudes/actions towards people not exactly like them. Because there are gay athletes in NFL locker rooms now, it’s fair to say.

    March 4th, 2013 1:40 pm

  5. KauaiRobert

    Right on, Lowell. Power to the people! (Stands with fist in the air.)

    March 4th, 2013 4:04 pm

  6. NeverWrong

    NORTH DALLAS FORTY had a couple of gay players who weren’t hiding their preference all that much. It was supposedly based on real life in the NFL. So maybe this isn’t so new, just finally getting a lot of pub as new laws and regulations further civil rights.

    March 4th, 2013 5:34 pm

  7. Albert Park

    Lowell, I’m sorry to see you hop onto the latest horse of political correctness (“gay rights”) and start riding it. One of the reasons I turn first to the sports pages is to avoid that kind of stuff. Now it appears that my favorite columnist is going to start preaching liberal politics to me.

    March 4th, 2013 7:42 pm

  8. robbie

    SF is so left coast. Of course the question offends, here great tolerence is preached. Try Texas, South Carolina or Tenn., states that boast the neaderthal on their state flags. Goodell is a sanctemonious phony. Forget being gay, try being an African American in Miss., see how equal you are treated

    March 5th, 2013 12:09 am

  9. lameduck

    It’s a locker room, not a bedroom…

    March 5th, 2013 5:42 pm

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