Derrius Guice Said NFL Team Asked If He Likes Men Sparking Intense Debate On Homophobia In Sports

"Why does that matter at an event like the Combine?"

Published March 8th

In an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday night, top NFL draft prospect Derrius Guice said one NFL team asked him if he liked men during an interview at the NFL Scouting Combine.

The former LSU Tigers running back said he was asked a couple of questions by teams that he believes were intended to throw him off. 

“It was pretty crazy,” Guice told SiriusXM’s Late Hits. “Some people are really trying to get in your head and test your reaction. I go in one room, and a team will ask me do I like men, just to see my reaction. I go in another room, they’ll try to bring up one of my family members or something and tell me, ‘Hey, I heard your mom sells herself. How do you feel about that?’”

According to Bleacher Report, Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio confirmed Guice received that question, yet he did not specify which team asked. 

Two years ago, New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple said the Atlanta Falcons asked him the same question, according to NBC Sports Philadelphia.

"The Falcons coach, one of the coaches, was like, 'So, do you like men?' It was like the first thing he asked me," Apple said at the time. "It was weird. I was just like, 'No.' He was like, 'If you're going to come to Atlanta, sometimes that's how it is around here, you're going to have to get used to it.' I guess he was joking, but they just ask most of these questions to see how you're going to react."

  1. People were in shock when news of Guice's interaction became public knowledge
  2. As some fans defended the NFL, an intense debate surrounding homophobia in the league ensued

    On Thursday, the league reiterated their stance on asking potential players inappropriate questions during the Combine. 

    “A question such as [the one about Guice’s sexuality is] completely inappropriate and wholly contrary to league workplace policies,” an NFL spokesman told Pro Football Talk. “The NFL and its clubs are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees in a manner that is consistent with our commitment to diversity and inclusion, state and federal laws and the CBA. We are looking into the matter.”

  3. Although many people were outraged, some said this may have been a tactical move by the team

Written by Rachel Herron

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