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NFL finds no violations in gay Combine questions investigation

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The League announces no punishments will be handed out regarding allegedly asking draftees about being gay

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The NFL says it found no wrongdoing by teams regarding the alleged questions about potential draftees' sexual orientation. According to CBS Sports' Mike Freeman:

"Our review has not established any specific violations," a league spokesman told CBSSports.com, "but we have made it clear to our clubs what is acceptable when interviewing potential players and other job candidates." ...

The league interviewed some of the prospects and many team officials, a source said. The league determined no illegal or inappropriate questions were asked. Thus, no fines will be levied.

This isn't a big surprise. While several players, including Nick Kasa and Denard Robinson, said they were asked by NFL teams about their sexual orientation, at least Kasa walked back the claim shortly after.

The issue was discussed at the NFL owners meetings last month, and commissioner Roger Goodell said the League is making sure it doesn't happen again.

"We will do things the right way," Goodell said then. "We will give them that education and that training. I hope that that will solve the problem."

What's pretty clear is that teams asked draftees if they are gay. What the League is apparently claiming is that no one was asked in an official interview, or that the question, "Are you gay" was not asked specifically (though "do you like girls" clearly was).

Since the players walked back their comments, and no team was ever implicated, it was a virtual guarantee that no team would be punished for this. Frankly, I'm not even sure they should have been, even though the NFLPA and NFL both said this is a violation of the collective bargaining agreement.

Still, the NFL is now aware of the issue and will work to ensure it doesn't happen again. That's a win.