Various sources report that an unidentified NFL scout has called Iowa State offensive tackle Kelechi Osemele soft because "he was raised by women." NFL.com reports that Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel sports reporter Bob McGinn quoted the scout as saying:
I just don't know if football is that important to [Osemele]. He was raised by women, which bothers me. I mean, how tough can he be? It's not his fault, but it's still reality.
When I asked McGinn what the scout meant by "raised by women," McGinn responded:
He did not elaborate. I do not know. Maybe grandmoms, aunts, sisters. Unsure.
Osemele's Iowa State profile says he's the "son of Imelda and Paul Osemele." We don't know if the scout meant that he was raised by a lesbian couple, or that McGinn's thought on grandmothers and aunts is correct. What is completely ludicrous is that a football player raised by women would somehow be automatically less fierce. It's a little glimpse into the culture of the NFL's good-ol-boy network; If this scout is bothered by a player being "raised by women," how would he feel if the athlete was gay? Quite bothered, I'm sure.
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