NFL prospect Derrius Guice has spoken out about a recent scouting interview in which his sexuality was questioned when being considered for a position in a potential future team.
Guice, who is an LSU running back, shared on SiriusXM’s “Late Hits” that he was asked about his sexuality during the scouting process.
“It was pretty crazy,” 20-year-old Guice said.
“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?’”
While seemingly absurd, the NFL has been known to ask this question to prospects in the past.
Notably, in 2016, cornerback Eli Apple revealed that the Atlanta Falcons asked him if he “likes men” during his scouting interview. Tight end Nick Kasa shared a similar story when he said that one team asked if he likes girls during his NFL Combine.
According to ESPN, the NFL conducted an investigation in 2013 following three draft prospects claimed their sexualities were questioned during the scouting process.
“It is league policy to neither consider nor inquire about sexual orientation in the hiring process,” the NFL said in a statement in 2013.
“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.”