Video: Nick Kasa, CU Buff, asked by NFL team, "Do you like girls?"

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Audio, video below.
Nick Kasa, a CU Buffs tight end, is getting a lot of attention in the wake of the NFL Combine, an annual meat market where players are examined, tested and quizzed by teams. The reason, though, is only marginally connected to his (first-rate) play and potential. During an interview with ESPN Radio in Denver, he revealed that he was asked a number of personal questions during his team interviews, including, "Do you like girls?" Audio and video below.

In discussing the Combine on the CJ & Kreckman show, Kasa said, "I think the whole point of the week is to play with your mind to see if you stay focused and stay driven. There was a couple of questions by coaches.... They try to catch you off guard or try to say something you wouldn't normally say...to see if they can get a reaction. They're trying to see how badly they can get in your mind."

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Nick Kasa.
Examples? "They ask you like, 'Do you have a girlfriend? Are you married? Do you like girls?'" Kasa added, "Those kinds of things. It was kind of weird. But they would ask you with a straight face, and it's a pretty weird experience altogether."

To hear the entire interview, click here

The portion of the conversation excerpted above is not just unwise, but probably illegal. Here's a link-filled blurb from a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission page about discrimination:

The Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 (CSRA), as amended, also protects federal government applicants and employees from discrimination in personnel actions (see "Prohibited Personnel Practices" http://www.opm.gov/ovrsight/proidx.asp) based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, political affiliation, or on conduct which does not adversely affect the performance of the applicant or employee -- which can include sexual orientation or transgender (gender identity) status. The Office of Special Counsel (OSC), www.osc.gov, and the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), www.mspb.gov, enforce the prohibitions against federal employment discrimination codified in the CSRA. For more information, see OPM's Addressing Sexual Orientation Discrimination in Federal Civilian Employment at www.opm.gov/er/address2/guide01.htm, OPM's Guidance Regarding the Employment of Transgender Individuals in the Federal Workplace at www.opm.gov/diversity/Transgender/Guidance.asp, and OSC's Prohibited Personnel Practices and How to File a Complaint at http://www.osc.gov/ppp.htm.
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Kasa's CU portrait.
Beyond legal concerns, such questions about sexual orientation are just plain dumb given the tenor of the times. There still hasn't been an active NFL player to come out as gay -- not because there aren't any (math tells us there must be), but probably due to the sort of anti-homosexual culture associated with macho sports. But times may be changing, albeit slowly, as demonstrated by Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo's pro-gay marriage statements during Super Bowl week.

In the meantime, Kasa's comments have created calls for an investigation. As well they should.

Continue for an ESPN video about the controversy, followed by Kasa's CU Buffs bio.


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3 comments
Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg topcommenter

The coaches need their 250 (+) lbs daughters married & out of the house . 

It's like a late-round tradeoff ....

Arf_Arf
Arf_Arf

Uhh, the Civil Service Reform Act is irrelevant to the NFL, because the NFL is not a part of the federal government.  However, private employers are subject to anti-discrimination laws if they employ more than 15 people http://www.eeoc.gov/employers/coverage_private.cfm.

Discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation is covered by Title VII and is prohibited unless it's job-related.  http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/types/sex.cfm


Maybe next time spend more than 30 seconds on research to find a blurb that's actually relevant to the article.


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