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Dan Quinn Releases Statement After Falcons Coach Asks Eli Apple If He Likes Men

Ohio State defensive back Eli Apple runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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Alec NathanFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 11, 2017

Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple recently traveled to Indianapolis to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine, and he revealed Friday during an interview on Comcast SportsNet's Breakfast on Broad that he was asked a rather inappropriate question by a member of the Atlanta Falcons coaching staff.   

When discussing strange questions lobbed his way during the interview portion of the combine, Apple said he was asked if he liked men, according to CSNPhilly.com's Enrico Campitelli:

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.

Complete video of Apple's remarks can be viewed below: 

Following Apple's appearance, Falcons head coach Dan Quinn released a statement condemning the line of questioning raised by one of his coaches, per Campitelli:

I am really disappointed in the question that was asked by one of our coaches. 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.

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