Eli Apple says Falcons coach asked him whether he's gay

Tue. March 8, 2016 7:03 AM by OnTopMag.com

Atlanta, GA - Former Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple said Friday that an Atlanta Falcons coach asked him whether he's gay during a meeting at the NFL combine.

"The Falcons coach, one of the coaches, was like, 'So do you like men?'" Apple, 20, said during an interview with Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia. "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," Apple added, "but they just ask most of these questions to see how you're going to react."

In a statement, Falcons coach Dan Quinn apologized.

"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."

An NFL spokesman said that the league was looking into the incident.

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