Falcons asked NFL draft prospect: 'Do you like men?'


Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn has apologised after NFL prospect Eli Apple was asked "do you like men?" at the scouting combine.

The combine is used for teams and NFL hopefuls to judge who will be the best fit for what team, but Apple expressed shock at the line of questioning from a Falcons representative.

"The Falcons coach, one of the coaches, was like, 'So do you like men?' It was like the first thing he asked me," the Ohio State defensive back told Comcast SportsNet's Breakfast On Broad show. 

"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."

In recent years, coaches at the combine have been known to ask outlandish questions to register a reaction, but asking about a player's sexual orientation is strictly prohibited to prevent discrimination.

Quinn was quick to apologise for his coach's question through a statement Friday.

"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."