Questions About Sexuality at NFL Combine Understandable

Mar 04, 2013 -- 11:53am


Take off your 10-gallon political-correctness hat and put aside your hypocritical disgust for a moment and think about the latest NFL controversy with an open mind.

At least two NFL teams asked prospects at the NFL Combine questions that were clearly designed to see if the athletes were gay. I know that’s against the law. I also agree that no one should be discriminated against because of their sexual preference.

I also know NFL teams go to great lengths to find out everything they can about young men they’re considering giving millions of dollars in a multi-billion dollar industry. I know how well an athlete can play is priority No. 1 but I also know NFL teams seek out any thing that could be disruptive to a team. No team willingly drafts or signs anyone who is a potential “cancer” in the locker room.

There will be openly gay players in the NFL some day. I wish there was now so we wouldn’t have to deal with the issue. But for the here and now an openly gay player would be a major distraction and a potential “cancer” in the locker room.

No matter how liberal you are on social issues, if you’re a die-hard fan of an NFL team ask yourself this question: Would you want the first opening gay player on your team?

I applaud the fact Americans have come a long way in how they view a person’s sexuality. I’m not smart enough to know what makes a person ticks when it comes to his or her sexuality. I’ve also said for years what consenting adults do behind closed doors is their business, but their sexual business should stay behind closed doors. I don’t want anyone strutting his or her sexuality in public during the routines of everyday life.

But back to the NFL. It is naïve to think in such an environment a gay player will be welcomed with open arms by opponents AND teammates. It also will be impossible to determine if discrimination is involved if a player is passed over in the draft because he’s gay. The draft is about as unscientific as it gets. The draft is guess work. Admittedly it’s educated guess work, but guess work nevertheless. There seldom is a consensus about who’s the next best player available.

A team doesn’t have to give a reason why is passes on a player.

Maybe there’ll come a time when we pay no more attention to a person’s sexuality than we do the color of his hair. We’re much closer to that day than we’ve ever been, but sadly we’re not there yet.

That’s how it is in the real world.

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