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NFL notes: League checks possible improper questions at combine

Published February 27, 2013 7:55 pm

NFL notes • Prospect was asked about his sexual orientation.
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The NFL says it will look into whether questions asked of Colorado tight end Nick Kasa at the combine violated any laws or league policies banning employers from inquiring about a possible employee's sexual orientation.

Kasa told ESPN Radio in Denver that during interviews with team officials at the combine in Indianapolis: "[Teams] ask you, like, 'Do you have a girlfriend?' 'Are you married?' 'Do you like girls?' "

He did not identify who asked him such questions.

The NFL says it will look into Kasa's comments and that "any team or employee that inquires about impermissible subjects or makes an employment decision based on such factors is subject to league discipline."

DeMaurice Smith, the head of the NFL players association, said in a statement: "I know that the NFL agrees that these types of questions violate the law, our CBA and player rights. I hope that they will seek out information as to what teams have engaged in this type of discrimination and we should then discuss appropriate discipline."

Around the league

Bears • A prosecutor said he will not pursue marijuana possession charges against offensive lineman J'Marcus Webb, who was charged after a traffic stop in southern Illinois over the weekend. Pulaski County State's Attorney Grayson Gile told the (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan the case lends itself to a "fair and equitable" resolution.

Giants • New York agreed to a five-year deal with left tackle Will Beatty, who could have become a free agent. The deal gives the Giants some continuity on the offensive line. Beatty is entering his fifth season with the Giants.

Bills • Defensive end Chris Kelsay decided to retire after 10 seasons with the team. Kelsay began considering retirement after tearing a ligament in his neck during practice. He missed seven of Buffalo's final eight games.