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The N.F.L. is investigating whether questions posed to running back Derrius Guice of Louisiana State at the combine were inappropriate.
Guice, projected as one of the top running backs in this year’s draft, told Sirius XM Radio that one team asked if he was gay and another asked if his mother “sells herself.”
Though the N.F.L. did not confirm that it had evidence yet that such questions were asked of Guice, the league released a statement on Thursday deploring such queries.
“A question such as that is completely inappropriate and wholly contrary to league workplace policies,” the statement said.
“The N.F.L. 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 C.B.A. We are looking into the matter.
“The league annually reminds clubs of these workplace policies that prohibit personnel from seeking information concerning a player’s sexual orientation.”
Before each combine, where all 32 teams interview prospects, the league sends guidance to the clubs about specific language to be avoided in questioning. Among the regulations is a ban on such questions as whether the player likes men or women; is gay or straight; has any children or dependents and who has primary caretaking responsibilities; and whether or not he married his child’s mother.