Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-U 2

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-U 2

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Byline: Justin Barney



"Is your mother a prostitute?"

"Do you wear a G-string or a jock strap?"

"Do you like girls?"

Sounds like lines from the movie "Airplane!"

But those questions, all asked by NFL teams to prospects at the scouting combine in the last three years, are so out of bounds that it has prompted an attorney general in New York to call for an investigation into some of them.

And there should be.

Players who have had a history with drugs, such as former LSU safety Tyrann Mathieu, deserve to be asked the hard-line questions about that. Questions along the lines of a parent being a prostitute, which was asked to Dez Bryant in 2010 by Miami general manager Jeff Ireland, are offensive and irrelevant.

The sexuality questions, posed to Colorado tight end Nick Kasa last month, and also anonymously attributed to a pair of NFL executives regarding Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, are not only offensive, but they're illegal and discriminatory. …

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