“They ask you, like, ‘Do you have a girlfriend?’ ‘Are you married?’ ‘Do you like girls?’ Those kinds of things, and you know it was just kind of weird. But they would ask you with a straight face, and it’s a pretty weird experience, altogether.”
-Nick Kasa, NFL prospect
Some future players are shocked by the questions the teams are asking
For young football players, being interviewed by NFL teams, there may be no boundaries, when it comes to personal time, off the field. Teams want to know what they are getting. They want to avoid scandals in the future. They may even ask you who you are sleeping with, players say. According to a YouWager news source, in Manti Te’o’s interviews with NFL clubs, they asked him flat out if he was gay.
As most of YouWager’s NFL football wagering fans might imagine, while it is totally OK for Walmart to sample your urine these days, employers have no legal right to know much about your personal business. But NFL teams feel, according to YouWager’s source, that they are in a “unique” business. For example, if football franchises are about to invest a huge sum in a star already going through a scandal or two, they feel they have a right to know what he’s doing in his own private time, off the field. As a former NFL team executive told YouWager’s source, “We feel like we have the right to look under the hood.”
DeMaurice Smith, Executive Director of the NFL Players Association, told YouWager’s source, “I know that the NFL agrees that these types of questions violate the law, our CBA (collective bargaining agreement), 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.”
Wade Davis has spoken about going to four different NFL training camps. Trying to be one of the guys, after practice he went to strip clubs with his teammates. But when he retired in 2006, Davis became one of the first players to come out as gay, in a public way. Davis told YouWager’s source,“Regardless of the reason, [these questions are] a completely inappropriate and illegal practice that has been going on since I was playing. In addition, this line of questioning offers players a no-win situation because there can only be one ‘acceptable’ answer to questions around someone’s sexuality. The questioning further reinforces stereotypes around what type of player or players the NFL wants.”
Many rationalize these tactics by saying that NFL teams might be afraid to recruit a gay player if they think it will mess up the team’s chemistry. One of YouWager’s older bettors pointed out that the same line was used to defend the infamous “color line” in Major League Baseball, until 1947. Some things are slow to change, apparently. This year, no NFL Team hired a single person of color for the 15 jobs open for head coaches and front office positions.
In his position with the NFL Players Union, DeMaurice Smith may speak for NFL players, but he probably has no say in matters that concern men who are not yet dues-paying members of the NFLPA.
Is the National Football League sanctioning interviews or policies that cross a line? YouWager’s serious NFL football wagering fans will remember that most of the NFL rulings that Federal judges felt overstepped the league’s authority, were eventually shut down not long ago. This may be another issue that comes back to bite them, some sharp sportsbook bettors think. There are also intellectual property rights to consider, they say. If your life is a train wreck, you may want to save the juiciest parts of the story for your book, movie deal, or reality show, these YouWager bettors say.