PHILEDELPHIA - According to Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple, a Falcons coach asked him if he is gay during a meeting last week at the NFL scouting combine. The combine is known for its free-ranging and often obtuse questioning sessions with players. Apple was interviewed Thursday by Comcast SportsNet and explained the line of questioning by the yet unnamed coach.
"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.'
Falcons head coach Dan Quinn released a statement to FOX 5 Sports in response to Apple's comments.
"I am really disappointed in the question that was asked by one of our coaches," Quinn said. "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 played defensive back for Ohio State and is considered a first round draft pick by many draft prognosticators.
An NFL spokesman released the following statement to FOX 5 Sports:
"This is disappointing and clearly inappropriate as the Falcons acknowledged. We will look into it."