I'm not sure how many people read the conversation we had last week (this week?) about sexual orientation and employment with the NFL, but a report from this week sheds light on that:
Prospects Nick Kasa, TE from Colorado, Le'Veon Bell (yes, that one), and our own Denard Robinson stated in interviews that they were asked, essentially, whether they were gay or straight during the combine. The NFL is going to investigate at least one team, and it stated that league policy is that sexual orientation should not be considered in the hiring process. The NFL-NFLPA collective bargaining agreement also prohibits such discrimination, and the NFLPA may conduct its own investigation into what happened at the combine.
The NFL also said, “Like all employers, our teams are expected to follow applicable federal, state and local employment laws,” though I'm not sure how much we can apply a generic statement like that to this situation.
Anyway, this furthers what I thought was an interesting discussion and has nothing to do with the basketball team. I also realize the flammability of this topic, but we did okay last time.
After last night we could all use a pick me up. So, there are...
...days until Michigan Football begins it's run to a 14-0 season.
Denard (89,030 votes) is currently ahead of Ryan Swope (81,469 votes) but voting goes through Friday, March 8. If you haven't already, go vote to get Denard and our beloved maize & blue on the cover!
This week's scouting report is on Cleveland (OH) St. Ignatius outside linebacker Kyle Berger. The battle for Berger's services is reportedly down to Michigan vs. Ohio State. He is a SAM linebacker all the way, and Michigan needs to replenish the ranks of its SAM linebackers with just two certain ones on the roster right now - Cam Gordon (who will graduate after the upcoming season) and Jake Ryan (who is a redshirt junior). A couple other guys (Mike McCray II, Michael Ferns III) could play there, too. Berger's highlight reel on Hudl is a little long and could probably be condensed a little bit, but if you watch all the way through, you'll see him showing some impressive speed, an ability to hold the edge, and some pass rushing ability.
Say it ain't so!
Multiple sources, here's the ESPN link: