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No new policy, but NFL will discuss permissible questions

Roger Goodell

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a news conference after NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, in New Orleans. The Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers 34-31. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)


Recognizing that they can’t really have their members going around asking potentially actionable questions, the NFL is going to talk to teams at the upcoming owners meetings about what they can ask potential employees.

According to’s Alex Marvez, the league plans to discuss the topic, but has no intention to create a new policy on whether teams can ask prospects possibly discriminatory questions such as if they “like girls.”

League spokesman Greg Aiello told Marvez they “intend to review best practices to ensure teams fully understand their obligations under the law and [Collective Bargaining Agreement]” at the annual meeting, which will be held March 18-20 in Glendale, Ariz.

Aiello added that a new policy covering the matter was “not currently part of the [league’s thinking].”

Questions about sexual orientation are illegal in some states and not others, but the league’s own policy and labor agreement prohibit them.

So in place of opening the door to future litigation with a new document, it sounds like a stern talking-to is going to suffice for now.