SOMETIMES, THE questions are benign: Do you prefer Big Macs or Whoppers?
Sometimes they are a little kinky, such as when one NFL team asked Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy if he wore a jock strap or a G-string when he played.
Former Bucs coach Jon Gruden once told a quarterback to get under a chair and read off a play-call. Chiefs receiver Dexter McCluster was asked to sing.
The questions that come up during the interview process at the NFL scouting combine range from goofy to provocative, but now we have a few more words to describe one question at this year’s combine:
Inappropriate. Improper. Rude.
And most of all: wrong.
Colorado tight end Nick Kasa said in a radio interview that one team (he wouldn’t reveal which one) asked him if he was married or had a girlfriend. Then this team crossed the line. Kasa said he was asked if he likes girls, which seems like a not-so-subtle way of asking what the team really wanted to know:
Are you gay?
The Kasa story follows weeks of speculation about Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o, whose sexual orientation has been questioned since the bizarre story surfaced that he had a girlfriend who did not exist. Katie Couric even asked Te’o if he was gay in their interview on her talk show.
It’s OK for her to ask. It’s not OK for a potential employer to ask.