Long term readers of this blog know that I am a fan of the NFL. The huge numbers NFL rookies make are investments. It is acceptable to do all types of medical and mental health tests. However, it is just wrong to ask if a player is gay. In a league where criminal behavior is not uncommon and having scores of kids out of wedlock are common a gay player is a minor issue at best.
The NFL researches the players and their families. The fact that a player comes from a family where his mother may be a drug addict is a real situation. There are tactful ways to talk about these issues and some of the NFL scouts miss the point.
The NFL is a crazy game and it is sad that your most valuable personnel may be Sid in accounting to manage the salary cap, Lisa in human resources to psychoanalyze which players may be worth the risk
and Victor the team lawyer who helps keep players out of jail.
This may sound unpopular but given the investments some players should be working with mental health professionals. Perhaps if there had been close supervision and early treatment noted talented failures like Lawrence Phillips and Charles Rodgers might have had better careers.