The NFL Combine not only tests athletes physical ability, there are also a few psychological games being played as well. For years we have heard stories of the type of questions potential draft players are asked.
Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple recently appeared on Comcast SportsNet’s Breakfast On Broad to talk about his potential NFL career, when the subject of the combine came up and the interview portion, Apple explained how a Falcons coaching staff member let him know that Atlanta was home to a large gay man population.
“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.”
The Atlanta Falcons released a statement from Head Coach Dan Quinn:
“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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