Running Back Derrius Guice Was Asked If He “Liked Men” At NFL Combine

Derrius Guice

USA Today is reporting that former LSU running back Derrius Guice was asked by one team at the NFL Scouting Combine about his sexuality, and another actually suggested his mother was a prostitute.

‘’It was pretty crazy,” Guice said in an interview on the SiriusXM NFL show Late Hits. “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?’ “

NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy said in an email to USA TODAY Sports Thursday that the league is “looking into the matter.”

“A question such as that is completely inappropriate and wholly contrary to league workplace policies,” McCarthy said. “The NFL and its clubs are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees in a manner that is consistent with our commitment to diversity and inclusion, state and federal laws and the CBA.

Guice is predicted to be a first round draft pick.

This isn’t the first time this has happened at the NFL Combine. In 2016, a coach from the Atlanta Falcons asked cornerback Eli Apple a similar question.

NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith said in an interview he has the solution to this problem.

“Find out what team did it and ban them from the Combine,” Smith said. “The question is inappropriate. Questions along these lines are always inappropriate.”

NFL Pushes Back On Trump’s Tweet That NFL “Demanding” Players To Stand During The National Anthem

The NFL on Wednesday slapped back at Donald Trump’s tweet that suggested league Commissioner Roger Goodell is “finally demanding” that players stand up during the national anthem.

The correction came after yesterday’s announcement that Goodell said he would meet with the league’s team owners to discuss a path forward regarding the current national debate about anthem protests.

As part of his announcement, Goodell shared that while the league believes “everyone should stand for the National Anthem,” no demand was placed on players to stand.

Additionally, the league proposed forming an “in-season platform” to allow players to promote social justice efforts.

But today, Donald Trump seemed to give the impression that Goodell and the NFL had announced an official change in terms of kneeling/standing during the national anthem.

Trump tweeted “It is about time that Roger Goodell of the NFL is finally demanding that all players STAND for our great National Anthem-RESPECT OUR COUNTRY.”

The NFL pushed back immediately.

“Commentary this morning about the Commissioner’s position on the Anthem is not accurate. As we said yesterday, there will be a discussion of these issues at the owners meeting next week. The NFL is doing the hard work of trying to move from protest to progress, working to bring people together,” the league said in a statement.

Vice President Pence Walks Out Of NFL Football Game Over Players Kneeling During National Anthem

Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence
(image via Twitter)

Vice President Mike Pence walked out of today’s NFL game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Indianapolis Colts when several players from the 49ers took a knee during the singing of the national anthem.

Pence later tweeted (taking after his boss, I guess) to explain his position saying, in part, “While everyone is entitled to their own opinions, I don’t think it’s too much to ask NFL players to respect the Flag and our National Anthem.”

From HuffPost:

Following the example of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, NFL players around the country have knelt during renditions of the national anthem in order to protest against police brutality and racial injustice directed towards black Americans.

More than a hundred NFL players from several football teams kneeled or held arms in solidarity earlier this month after President Donald Trump called NFL players who kneel during the anthem “sons of bitches.” He later insisted his criticism of the NFL had “nothing” to do with race.

Interestingly, Donald Trump chimed in saying he asked Pence to walk out making some wonder if Pence traveled to Indiana just to pull an orchestrated stunt – on the taxpayer’s dime:

Trumps Sends Dog Whistle: NFL Owners Are “Afraid Of Their Players”

Days after Donald Trump sparked a national controversy over NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem before football games, Trump now sounds a very audible dog whistle saying NFL owners are “afraid of their players.”

From the Washington Post:

President Trump said in an interview broadcast Thursday that NFL owners are “afraid of their players,” his latest provocative comments in a crusade against those who take a knee during the national anthem.

Trump urged the football league to adopt and enforce a rule that requires players to stand during the anthem He said he has talked in recent days to several team owners, who he said are “in a box” on the issue.

“I think they’re afraid of their players if you want to know the truth, and I think it’s disgraceful,” Trump said in an interview broadcast of Fox News’s “Fox & Friends.” “They’ve got to be tough, and they’ve got to be smart.”

Washington Post sports columnist Kevin Blackistone explains why NFL players are taking a knee, and how Trump has high-jacked the movement for his own uses.

Sportscaster Dale Hansen: “All Of Us Should Protest How Black Americans Are Treated In This Country”

Dallas sportscaster Dale Hansen gets to the heart of the current #TakeAKnee movement in classic Hansen fashion.

Via USAToday:

Donald Trump has said he supports a peaceful protest because it’s an American’s right. But not this protest, and there’s the problem: Any protest you don’t agree with is a protest that should be stopped.

Martin Luther King should have marched across a different bridge. Young, black Americans should have gone to a different college and found a different lunch counter. And college kids in the 60s had no right to protest an immoral war.

[snip]

The young, black athletes are not disrespecting America or the military by taking a knee during the anthem. They are respecting the best thing about America. It’s a dog whistle to the racists among us to say otherwise.

They, and all of us, should protest how black Americans are treated in this country. And if you don’t think white privilege is a fact, you don’t understand America.

Hansen concludes with the suggestion that “maybe we all need to read the Constitution again.”

Yet again, Dale Hansen for the win.

Watch below.

Trump Doubles Down On NFL Attacks: “Stand For The National Anthem Or Get Fired”

Athletically-challenged Donald Trump doubled down on his attacks on NFL players who choose to take a knee during the playing of the national anthem before football games saying they should “find something else to do!”

“If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect….our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU’RE FIRED. Find something else to do!”

This follows his comments last night at a rally in Alabama where he told the crowd, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b—- off the field right now. He is fired.’”

Mind you, this is all going on while thousands of Americans in Puerto Rico are trying to survive without electric power after being savaged by Hurricane Maria. But Trump is picking fights with football players over 1st Amendment rights.

Just so we’re clear…

NFL Slaps Back At Donald Trump’s Attacks On Players “Taking A Knee”

Roger Goodell

Donald Trump started a firestorm last night at a rally in Alabama when he attacked NFL football players who take a knee during the national anthem.

From USAToday:

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b—- off the field right now. Out. He’s fired. He’s fired!”

The audience then chanted “USA!”

“You know, some owner’s going to do that,” Trump continued. “He’s going to say, ‘That guy who disrespects our flag, he’s fired.'”

He encouraged fans to walk out of stadiums if they see a player taking a knee in protest.

This is where I should probably point out that “taking a knee” is basically a First Amendment right. The U.S. Constitution protects free speech and freedom of expression.

Let’s see, where have we seen citizens forced to stand and swear allegiance to a flag/country that they don’t feel treats them with justice? Let me think, it’ll come to me… #Hitler #Nazis

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Trump’s “divisive comments” were unacceptable, “showing an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”

Watch Goodell’s response below.

“This union…will never back down when it comes to protecting the constitutional rights of our players as citizens as well as their safety as men who compete in a game that exposes them to great risks,” said DeMaurice Smith, head of the NFL Players Association, via Twitter.

But the best response to Trump’s rant came from Kaepernick’s mom: “Guess that makes me a proud bitch!”

Former NFL Player Ryan O’Callaghan Comes Out

Ryan O’Callaghan

In an deeply personal interview with Outsports, five-season NFL veteran Ryan O’Callaghan (New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs) came out of the closet having conquered years of suicidal thoughts.

O’Callaghan learned very quickly that football was the best place in the world for a gay teenager to hide. The brute, physical nature of the sport went against every stereotype of gay men he knew. At his size, few people would suspect he was gay, and if he was a football player on top of that, he felt his secret would be buried.

“No one is going to assume the big football player is gay,” he said. “It’s why a football team is such a good place to hide.

So he dove into football and made a pact with himself: As long as he put on those pads, he was good to go. Once football was over, he’d take a gun to his head and end it all. That was the deal, and he would hold himself to it.

Watch the video interview below, but make sure you head over to the full article here.