Several NFL teams apparently weren't holding back while interviewing prospective draft picks at the Combine in Indianapolis.

There are reports circulating that some executives asked, in a roundabout way, about players' sexual orientation.

And Michigan State running back Le'Veon Bell confirmed that Thursday during a radio interview on WDFN.

"Yeah, yeah, there were questions just like that," Bell told WDFN host Matt Shepard. "There were definitely a couple weird questions. I got asked so many of them, I don't remember them all. But that was definitely a couple questions I got asked."

Colorado tight end Nick Kasa was the first to bring the issue to light, and the NFL now is investigating the line of questioning.

According to the Associated Press, the NFL says "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."

Some suspect the scandal involving Notre Dame's Manti Te'o — the fake girlfriend who some believe was invented to hide Te'o's sexuality, even though he's insisted numerous times he is straight — convinced NFL teams to investigate more than just players' smarts and skills.

Asked his reaction to the line of questioning, Bell told Shepard, "I think they do that just to see how you react, just to see how you answer it. They just really try to test you and see where you're at mentally, and you gotta make sure you handle all those things the right away so certain teams will take a chance on you."



From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130228/SPORTS0101/302280438#ixzz2MIf7xdGe