Colorado tight end Nick Kasa, unintentionally, started one part of the fuss by telling a radio interviewer that some team had asked him: "Do you like girls?" According to sportswriter Judy Batista:
Oops. These guys may be treated as high priced beef, but they do have some rights. How many is a little bit unclear.
"Yahoo!Expert" Martin Rogers thinks what may be asked depends on the location of the team asking, hence the interesting list at the left.
Meanwhile, it's not only Kasa whose intimate connections (or lack of them) have led to questions. The much more well-known subject of sexual orientation speculation before next month's draft is Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o. The celebrated Mormon Samoan was caught up in a bizarre hoax involving a non-existent internet "girl friend." This one left fans -- and teams -- not knowing what to think. And the teams who might pick up the rights to his services want to know. But, according to Colorlines, they've discovered there is an obstacle.
For this spectator and football fan, it's kind of a hoot to learn that what is probably just unconsidered boilerplate from hundreds of union contracts slipped into this one. Nobody really thought the issue would come up. Not in the NFL! But the world is learning gays might be anywhere.
Meanwhile, one of the NFL's loudest champions of gay rights, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo has predicted we'll see an openly gay football player by 2015. But he wouldn't encourage any prospect to come out before the draft:
I'm not sure what this says about the trust between labor and teams in the football league. Not something good I think. Interesting to watch the issue of a gay player become one of the many tension points in the employee/employer relationship. I enjoy watching football but between the growing awareness of the health risks and the ongoing sense of exploitation among the beef, I suspect the game has trouble ahead.