On Wednesday, former LSU running back Derrius Guice sat down with SiriusXM NFL’s “Late Show” to discuss his experience at the NFL combine.
“It was pretty crazy,” Guice said in the interview, as he began to explain the types of questions that were thrown at him, in an attempt 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,” he continued. “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?’”
Despite the inappropriate questioning though, Guice was not surprised, as he was told “to come in prepared” for everything that comes with the NFL combine. In fact, “it went exactly how everyone told me it would be,” Guice revealed. “It’s exhausting. …It was a great experience. You’re being watched and tested the whole time.”
However, this was not the first time allegations surfaced about inappropriate questioning at the NFL combine, in fact, the league launched an investigation just two years ago into claims made by Giants’ Eli Apple.
Just before the former Ohio State cornerback was drafted by the New York Giants, Apple was asked about his sexuality as well. However, in this case, the coach who asked the question was identified.
“The Falcons coach, one of the coaches, was like, ‘So, do you like men?’ It was like the first thing he asked me,” Apple said at the time. “It was weird. I was like, ‘No.’ He was like, ‘If you’re going to come to Atlanta, sometimes that’s how it is around here, you’re going to have to get used to it.’ I guess he was joking, but they just ask most of these questions to see how you’re going to react.”
According to ESPN, the same situation was addressed in 2013 after three draft prospects were asked about their sexual orientation. At the time, the league released a statement about its policy, saying “It is league policy to neither consider nor inquire about sexual orientation in the hiring process.”