At this year's scouting combine -- the annual gathering of football recruits to determine how well they could potentially play on an NFL field -- teams reportedly asked players about their sexuality. The NFL launched an investigation into the matter, and we haven't heard from them since. Until now. The initial answers might be a little disappointing. The questions about sexuality posed to some players are being attributed to banter, or "chatter that was inappropriate," and were not part of the formal interview process, the NFL's human resources chief Robert Gulliver told The New York Times' Judy Battista. But that mean some teams could face fines for casually asking the questions anyway, he said. The investigation is still ongoing. But, to be frank, chalking it up to inappropriate chatter and telling the Times is likely a P.R. move telling us to limit expectations. In other words: don't hold your breath.
But the league is moving forward to -- at least sort of -- address the problem of acceptance at the executive level. The league will discuss hiring practices with team officials at annual meetings this week, and a diversity session is being held with team owners. But the most promising move the NFL is making -- the one that could bring some change -- is meeting with six gay community groups next month to go over league policies to "seek input on improvements," Battista reports. Whether or not those meetings bring any real change to league policy will be the barometer by which the league is measured. Hopefully the mere fact they had a little chat with some gay dudes and gals isn't enough.