After conducting an investigation into the matter for weeks, the NFL announced Wednesday that it found no evidence that teams asked former LSU running back Derrius Guice inappropriate personal questions at the NFL Scouting Combine in March.
On Sirius XM radio on March 7, Guice was asked about the combine interview process and said, "Some people are really trying to get in your head and test your reaction. ... I go in one room, and a team will ask me do I like men, just to see my reaction. I go in another room, they'll try to bring up one of my family members or something and tell me, 'Hey, I heard your mom sells herself. How do you feel about that?'"
League spokesman Brian McCarthy released a statement Wednesday, reading:
"Following reports concerning the interviews of Derrius Guice at the Scouting Combine, the League conducted a thorough investigation which included a formal review and report from every club that interviewed Mr. Guice during the Combine, as well as discussions with Mr. Guice, his agent and others. The investigation did not confirm that any club made the reported inquiries. Nonetheless, we used this opportunity to reaffirm our workplace standards and emphasize the importance of fully complying with all requirements of federal and state law. The NFL and each of its member clubs remain fully committed to fair and non-discriminatory employment practices."
Guice, 20, is widely expected to be picked in the first or second round of the 2018 NFL Draft, and could be the second running back off the board after Penn State's Saquon Barkley.
According to ESPN, the league spent weeks trying to figure out who asked Guice such questions, while at least one team said Guice "made up" the comments.
An NFL.com story on Friday noted that Guice has "indicated privately and to teams those questions weren't really asked by NFL teams." The story -- which reported via multiple sources that teams have concerns regarding the running back's maturity -- quoted an executive saying, "His explanation was that it was taken out of context. There's just a lot going on with him."
The NFL issued a statement at the time of Guice's radio comments, reading:
"A question such as that is completely inappropriate and wholly contrary to league workplace policies. The NFL and its clubs are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees in a manner that is consistent with our commitment to diversity and inclusion, state and federal laws and the CBA. We are looking into the matter. The league annually reminds clubs of these workplace policies that prohibit personnel from seeking information concerning a player's sexual orientation."
In March of 2016, Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel -- who was a defensive backs coach at the time -- issued an apology for asking Ohio State cornerback prospect Eli Apple at the combine if he liked men, prompting the NFL to reinforce its policies about inappropriate questions.
--Field Level Media