SportingNews- Appearing on SiriusXM NFL Radio, LSU running back Derrius Guice said one team representative at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis last week asked whether he was homosexual. Such a question is prohibited under the league's Excellence in Workplace Conduct policy and potentially illegal under state law.
"Man, it was pretty crazy, bro," a laughing Guice said when asked to recall the most unusual question he fielded at the Combine. "Some people really try to get in your head, man, and really just test your reaction and see what your reaction is going to be.
"I'd go in one room and a team would ask me, ‘Do I like men?' just to see my reaction. They'd try to bring up one of my family members or somebody and tell me, ‘Hey, man, I heard your mom sells herself. How do you feel about that?' Just random stuff like that, man, to see how you respond."
All it takes is one. One short-tempered prospect who is confident enough in his draft stock to react how any person not under the microscope of overly intrusive NFL organizations would react. One big fish who knowingly takes the bait of condescending instigation and hooks off on a scout that thinks a question that basically equates to "you gay, bro?" is some foolproof test of mental acuity. Maybe then these employees of NFL teams will be a little wary of telling freakish athletes that their mothers are hookers instead of actually getting to know them as people.
I mean, probably not. In reality, it would likely just result in some jackass with a black eye who feels like he unveiled a fatal character flaw by picking a fight with a football player dropping said football player down a draft board. But still, I'm keeping the dream alive that one day an NFL scout might get some sense knocked into him and serve as a cautionary tale for everyone of his peers that comfortably goes against just about every one of 2018's social norms by being far too interested in where a certain prospect puts their penis.
I feel pretty confident in saying that whatever is to be learned from testing someone's ability to keep their composure by calling the person that birthed them a street walker in a relatively formal setting is not nearly enough to justify the implication that homosexuality needs to be highlighted and underlined in the 'con' section of a scouting report. Unfortunately, I feel just as confident that nothing will change and we'll just continue to get George Costanza-esque "I...I...I...didn't know I couldn't do that" type apologies after the fact.