ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio reported last week that teams wanted to ask Manti Te'o if he is gay. University of Colorado tight end Nick Kasa reported after the combine that he was asked about his sexual orientation by at least one NFL team.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told Outsports the league is looking into it and will take action:
"Like all employers, our teams are expected to follow applicable federal, state and local employment laws. It is league policy to neither consider nor inquire about sexual orientation in the hiring process. In addition, there are specific protections in our collective bargaining agreement with the players that prohibit discrimination against any player, including on the basis of sexual orientation. We will look into the report on the questioning of Nick Kasa at the Scouting Combine. Any team or employee that inquires about impermissible subjects or makes an employment decision based on such factors is subject to league discipline."
NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith gave Outsports this statement:
"I know that the NFL agrees that these types of questions violate the law, our CBA and player rights. I hope that they will seek out information as to what teams have engaged in this type of discrimination and we should then discuss appropriate discipline."
NFLPA president Domonique Foxworth told Outsports this line of question cannot be tolerated: "It’s not right and it’s not legal, based on how I understand the CBA. Conversations have been had about these sorts of [questions]."
Outsports has reached out to a couple NFL teams for comment, but due to the nature of the allegations and the secretive nature of evaluation processes, we have not yet found an executive who can comment accurately about their team's potential involvement.
PHOTO: Sept 4, 2010; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Buffaloes defensive end Nick Kasa (44) during the first quarter of play against the Colorado State Rams at Invesco Field. The Buffaloes defeated the Rams 24-3. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports