*An Atlanta Falcons coach asked former Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple whether he is gay during a meeting last week at the NFL scouting combine, according to ESPN.com.
“The Falcons coach, one of the coaches, was like, ‘So do you like men?'” Apple told Comcast SportsNet Friday. “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.”
Falcons coach Dan Quinn also released a statement, acknowledging the incident.
“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 recently was ranked as the No. 22 overall draft prospect by ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. and was projected as the No. 14 overall pick to the Oakland Raiders in the most recent mock draft by ESPN’s Todd McShay.