Another year, another NFL combine season stuffed with dumb, bizarre, inappropriate, and downright offensive questions pitched to players hoping to make their dreams come true.
The most wildly uncool interrogations of 2018, so far at least, were posed to LSU running back Derrius Guice, who had separate teams ask him if he was homosexual and if his mother was a prostitute.
”It was pretty crazy,” Guice told “Late Hits” on SiriusXM NFL on Wednesday. “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?'”
For a sport in which guys spend three hours diving on top of each other and most plays begin with one dude rubbing his hand against the nuts and ass of another dude, NFL teams seem awfully concerned about homosexuality.
Two years ago, Marquand Manuel, then the Atlanta Falcons defensive backs coach, asked Eli Apple, “So, do you like men?” Manuel apologized, and the team indicated it’d taken steps to prevent such a question from being asked again. Three years before that, tight end Nick Kasa was asked the same thing, and the league dubbed the topic impermissible and claimed anyone asking about a player’s sexuality would be punished.
Yet people keep crossing the line without consequence. Manuel has since been promoted to defensive coordinator.
The question about Guice’s mom isn’t new either. Former Miami Dolphins GM apologized to Dez Bryant after asking the receiver if his mother was a prostitute during a pre-draft visit in 2010.
The dumb questions in 2018 don’t end there. Thankfully, the idiotic ones posed to Miami receiver Braxton Berrios were as harmless as they were idiotic.
Braxton Berrios said the strangest question an NFL team has asked him came at the Senior Bowl:”What is Bitcoin? What is Isis?”
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) March 3, 2018
Remember, the guys evaluating these players are the same geniuses that let Tom Brady fall to the sixth round.