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Ohio State cornerback says he was asked ‘do you like men?’ by Falcons during NFL combine

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COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 26: Eli Apple #13 of the Ohio State Buckeyes warms up before a game against the Western Michigan Broncos at Ohio Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

An Ohio State cornerback said Friday that the first question he was asked at the NFL combine last week was whether he was gay.

Eli Apple said he’d been “asked a lot of weird questions,” but said this one took the cake.

“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.”

Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn – the former Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator – acknowledged the incident and apologized.

“I am really disappointed in the question that was asked by one of our coaches,” Quinn said in a statement. “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.”

A similar incident happened in 2013, when Colorado tight end Nick Kasa said he was asked “do you like girls?” during a combine interview.