After he attended the NFL combine, former LSU running back and draft prospect Derrius Guice said in a radio interview that a couple of teams had asked him some pretty invasive questions involving his sexuality and his mother. Today, the league said its investigation couldn’t determine that any team did so. Mhmm.
Here’s what Guice said at the time:
“It was pretty crazy. 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?’”
And here’s the NFL’s statement, the day before the draft:
Additionally, ESPN’s Adam Schefter, in his report on the Guice investigation, allowed an anonymous source to claim “at least one team said Guice admitted that he ‘made up’ the statements.” Both Schefter and the anonymous source fail to specify the team that heard this admission. But it’s unclear what incentive Guice would have to lie, since the interview he gave couldn’t have done anything but affect his draft stock negatively.
There’s a history of team employees asking prospects these types of questions and apologizing for it. And after Guice gave the interview, Pro Football Talk cited a source who confirmed the question about men. At least the NFL was able to make a show of taking a tough stance on the issue, even though it didn’t actually do anything.