Derrius Guice Plans To Quit
Former college football running back Derrius Guice says he was asked some inappropriate questions.
The questions were asked during the NFL Scoutning Combine. Its during this week-long event that college players try to show coaches, managers, and scouts that they are perfect candidtates for the big leagues.
Guice, who played for Louisiana State University, says that during multiple interviews he was asked inappropriate questions so the scouts could test him.
“I go in one room, and a team will ask me do I like men, just to see my reaction. I go in another room, they’ll try to bring up one of my family members or something and tell me, “Hey, I heard your mom sells herself. How do you feel about that?”
After word got out of this, NFL higher-ups started to do damage control by publicly condemning the acts and saying they’re looking into the matter.
NFL Spokesperson Brain McCarthy said the questions were “completely inappropriate and wholly contrary to league workplace policies.”
“The NFL 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 CBA.”
Meanwhile, groups like the Human Rights Campaign are using this as a vehicle to talk about the NFL’s responsibility to weed out homophobia in the sport.
Ashland Johnson, the Director of Public Educaiton and Research for the Human Rights Campaign, said in a statement:
“Guice’s experience illustrates the risks faced by millions of LGBTQ people today in employment, athletics, housing and other areas of their lives. It’s why we need swift action to condemn these kinds of practices and to fight for passage of the Equality Act to ensure comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people. The NFL should take serious actions that address these unacceptable incidents and the perpetuation of an unwelcoming anti-LGBTQ environment, including publicly supporting the Equality Act.”