In an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio, former LSU running back Derrius Guice pulled the curtain back on the "exhausting" but "great" interview process at the NFL combine and revealed some of the "pretty crazy" questions directed his way.
"It was pretty crazy," Guice told "Late Hits" on Wednesday, USA Today reports. "Some people are really trying to get in your head and test your reaction."
The star running back then provided a few juicy examples: "I go in one room, and a team will ask me do I like men, just to see my reaction," he said.
That question, which Pro-Football Talk confirmed was in fact asked, is actually a question that has been asked repeatedly in the past (see below), but it wasn't the craziest question the athlete said he fielded.
"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?'" said Guice. No confirmation yet on if the prostitute question was asked, but it seems to fit the scene.
As "pretty crazy" as it was, he said, the process went "exactly" as he was told it would. "It’s exhausting," he said, but added that it was ultimately "a great experience."
As for that "do you like men" question, PFT provides a little historical context:
Two years ago, cornerback Eli Apple faced that question in a pre-draft interview with the Falcons. The NFL dubbed the question “disappointing and clearly inappropriate,” and the league vowed to look into it. Three years before that, a team asked tight end Nick Kasa if he likes girls. The league dubbed the topic impermissible and said that persons asking such questions would be subject to discipline.
The first, and so far only, openly gay football player to be drafted in the NFL was Mizzou's Michael Sam, who was drafted in the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams in 2014, but was cut before the season began. Sam retired from the sport in 2015 for "mental health reasons."