Earlier this week many of us watched one of the offseason highlights when the NFL held their annual combine for eligible college players in Indianapolis. Not long after the last 40 was clocked and the last field drill was run we got word that one (or more) NFL team had asked a college player in no uncertain words what his sexual orientation was.
Nick Kasa, TE for the Colorado Buffalos, was being interviewed on ESPN radio and said he was asked by a team(s) if he was married, if he had a girlfriend and if he liked girls. If true. Wha?!?!?! I understand that this is not a job interview in the truest of senses, but wow! I wish the kid had refused to answer that stupid question and walked out. I know he couldn’t do that, though. He needs the league more than they need him. Thankfully the NFL is saying they are going to investigate the allegations further. We’ll see what comes from that.
Now, to the issue at hand: Someone’s sexual orientation and their ability to come to the NFL and be able to openly say they are gay. Someone else’s sexual orientation is none of your (expletive) business. Full stop.
I don’t want to hear any of that static about locker room this, locker room that either. Players who have problems, would be best advised to get over it. What other players do in their private lives is their concern. Mind ya bidness! Not all but many of the same arguments being made about openly gay men in NFL were the same ones made about African American players like Bill Willis, Marion Motley, Woody Strode and others 60+ years ago. They don’t want to shower with them or some other nonsense. Nobody is asking you to soap someone’s back for them. You are being paid handsomely to play a game: A team sport. As long as your teammates take care of their assignments on the field and stay out of trouble off it, what does it matter?
If you have a kid who can run a 4.27 40, 40” vert, and runs fluid routes and has a great background, you arent’t going to draft him because he’s gay? Or you have a 6’6 QB with a high football IQ, who can throw a football, accurately, 50+ yards on the fly and makes the players around him better…you don’t want him on your team because of who he loves? C’mon man. Any GM or Coach who wouldn’t draft a good kid who is also a good player over some bs, like this, should be fired immediately.
We are 13 years into a new millennium and this is the silliness we are hung up on? We need to get past this.