During this year's combine, NFL GMs wanted to know if Manti Te'o was gay, some teams reportedly asked Colorado tight end Nick Kasa if he "likes girls," and Michigan's Denard Robinson and Michigan State's Le'Veon Bell were both asked about their sexuality.
On the one hand, it seems reasonable that an NFL exec would be curious if they're drafting a player who could be the first openly gay athlete playing in an American league sport. On the other hand: Oh, right, it's illegal in many states to ask these sorts of questions. The NFL acknowledged a couple of weeks ago that this isn't kosher, but they haven't commented since. Today, though, New York's attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, sent out a letter to Roger Goodell (NFL HQ is in midtown Manhattan) to remind him that:
- a.) asking a potential employee about his sexuality is illegal in New York (and in many other states), and
- b.) it's time to come up with a policy.
He gave Goodell a week to respond. You can read the full letter below.