If any of you were thinking of ever dabbling in professional American football, then let this be a lesson that things are not all Lady Gaga jumping from the sky and Justin Timberlake lip syncing in a Burning Man clown costume. If that was the extent of football, I'd have signed up a long time ago. As it stands, in addition to the rigorous physical challenges players face on the field, they are perpetually being tested (cute word for hazed) by fellow players and coaches, and LSU alum and NFL hopeful Derrius Guice is spilling the tea on what footballers endure behind-the-scenes.
Guice completed the NFL combine earlier this week, which is a sort of Hunger Games scenario in which NFL prospects show off their skills in hopes of being drafted. The NFL is never too happy when word gets out that football is like a never ending fraternity rush week - but with more concussions, homophobia, and illegal dog fighting - so people are pretty shocked that Guice was brave enough to come forward with the inappropriate exchange he shared with an Atlanta Falcons assistant coach during the combine:
It was pretty crazy. 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?'
First off, sir, you should be so lucky as to be attracted to men. It's the best. Secondly, this just proves that Hollywood isn't the only industry in need of a serious human resources overhaul. And it proves that homophobia is still rampant is team sports to the extent that a mere question of one's sexuality is considered an insult. NFL said that the questions were "disappointing and clearly inappropriate."
Guice has not stated if he is playing for Team Gay or not, but his response seems to indicate that he's straight. Too bad for him.