Not sure why the coach wanted to know but he asked anyway. Last week cornerback Eli Apple was interviewed by one of the Atlanta Falcons’s coaches during the National Football League combine.
The combine is a week long event where college American football players perform physical and mental tests for NFL coaches and scouts.
Apple, who used to play for Ohio State, described the first question he was asked during a sit-down with the Falcons.
‘The Falcons coach, one of the coaches, was like, “So do you like men,”‘ Apple said, according to ESPN. ‘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.”‘
The prospect has not identified the coach.
‘I guess he was joking, but they just ask most of these questions to see how you’re going to react,’ Apple added.
Dan Quinn, the team’s head coach, released a statement.
‘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.’
The NFL has promised an investigation.
In 2013, three draft prospects reported they faced sexual orientation questions in their team interviews. Such questions violate NFL policy.
‘Any team or employee that inquires about impermissible subjects or makes an employment decision based on such factors is subject to league discipline,’ the league said in a 2013 statement.
Apple is considered a first-round draft pick.