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After rumors swirling about inappropriate drafting practices in February, the NFL has made their official policy about discrimination based on sexual orientation available to coaches, managers, and players.
The memo sent out Monday outlines a number of activities and questions which are not permitted, including asking potential draft picks if they like girls or have a girlfriend, reports NFL.com.
How does this NFL policy square with reports that some players have been asked these very same questions?
In February, NFL hopeful Nick Kasa was asked whether he "liked girls" or "had a girlfriend" during the NFL Scouting Combine, reports NFL.com.
The anti-discrimination and harassment memo distributed by the NFL may be vague in other areas, but with respect to interviews it is crystal clear. Examples given by this policy of impermissible questions include: "Do you like women or men?"; "How well do you do with the ladies?"; and "Do you have a girlfriend?"
But in response to allegations of questioning players' sexual orientation at the scouting combine, an NFL spokesman stated that after a review by the league, no violations of the policy were found, the Associated Press reports.
This seems odd, especially as the questions Kasa and others claim they were asked were practically verbatim from the list of impermissible questions distributed Monday.
Despite actual enforcement of the policy, the NFL has outlined several examples of harassment and discrimination that concern sexual orientation. They include:
These activities can be reported directly to the NFL, with promises that the policy also prohibits retaliation against any complaining player.
However, with the NFL's track record of enforcing the policy so far, we wouldn't advise any player to expect swift action.
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