Former LSU star running back Derrius Guice told Sirius XM Radio on Wednesday that teams asked him personal questions about his sexuality and his family during interviews at the NFL Combine last week. According to Guice, who is projected as one of the top running backs in this year's draft, one team asked him if he was gay and another asked if his mother "sells herself."
The NFL says it is looking into the matter in a statement made Thursday by NFL spokesmen Brian McCarthy. “A question such as that is completely inappropriate and wholly contrary to league workplace policies,” McCarthy said. “The league annually reminds clubs of these workplace policies that prohibit personnel from seeking information concerning a player’s sexual orientation.”
Before each combine the league sends all 32 teams guidance on which language is to be avoided during interviews. These questions include both whether the player is gay or straight and questions about family members.
This isn't the first time either of these questions were asked to players at the combine. Two years ago Giants cornerback Eli Apple was asked by an Atlanta Falcons coach about whether or not "he liked men," and in 2010 Cowboys star receiver Dez Bryant was asked by then-Dolphins general manager whether or not his mother was ever a prostitute.