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Falcons apologize for asking Eli Apple if he likes men at combine


Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn formally apologized on behalf of the organization after one of his assistant coaches asked Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple if he likes men during an interview at the NFL Scouting Combine.

“I am really disappointed in the question that was asked by one of our coaches,” Quinn said in a statement released by the Falcons, via CSN Philly. “I have spoken to the coach that interviewed Eli Apple and explained to him how inappropriate and unprofessional this was. I have reiterated this to the entire coaching staff and I want to apologize to Eli for this even coming up. This is not what the Atlanta Falcons are about and it is not how we are going to conduct ourselves.”

Apple, who played high school football in New Jersey, was making an appearance on Comcast SportsNet’s “Breakfast On Broad” on Friday when he was asked about the strangest question he was asked at the combine.

“I’ve been asked a lot of weird questions. I don’t know if I could say on TV,” he said. “The Falcons coach, one of the coaches, was like, ‘So do you like men?’ It was like the first thing he asked me. It was weird. I was just like, ‘no.’ He was like, ‘if you’re going to come to Atlanta, sometimes that’s how it is around here, you’re going to have to get used to it.’ I guess he was joking but they just ask most of these questions to see how you’re going to react.”

The kind of odd and absurd questions posed to NFL prospects at the combine has for years been the source of amusing fodder. But what Apple was asked arguably crosses the line from amusing to inappropriate.