NY Attorney General Forewarns NFL Not to Inquire about Sexual Orientation

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 NY Attorney General Forewarns NFL Not to Inquire about Sexual Orientation

New York’s State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman put the NFL on notice last week: ‘Worry about the scores on the field, not off the field.’

In a letter to Commissioner Roger Goodell, Schneiderman seized on reports that teams asked potential draft choices prying questions to determine their sexual orientation during interviews at the NFL Scouting Combine, the annual showcase for prospects ahead of the NFL draft.

The attorney general warned Goodell that New York State discrimination laws make it illegal for an employer to base a hiring decision on sexual orientation. As a business based on New York, the NFL must comply with the law, he added.

NFL prospect Nick Kasa, a tight end, told ESPN Radio in Denver that teams asked a number of prying questions about his personal life during the combine.

Questions “like, ‘Do you have a girlfriend?’ ‘Are you married?’ ‘Do you like girls?’” he said. “Those kinds of things, and you know it was just kind of weird. But they would ask with a straight face, and it’s a pretty weird experience altogether.”

“Any team or employee that inquires about impermissible subjects or makes an employment decision based on such factors is subject to league discipline,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said at the time.

“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.”

AT2W’s Take: We never knew the NFL conducted business like this. We would assume they would be much more professional since they are paying out millions in contracts to ball players. We think that would be offensive to anyone being interviewed. They sound like the Boy Scouts of America!

Via NYDailyNews