What the Buck(eye)? OSU CB Asked if He Was Gay By Falcons Staff
A tradition unlike any other...ridiculous questions at the NFL Scouting Combine.
The Combine is a magical a place where questions "Do you find your own mother attractive?" and "If you had to kill someone, how would you get away with it?" are as commonplace as quick 40 yard dash. However, question from an unidentified Atlanta Falcons staffer doesn't just highlight the silliness of the interview process at the Combine, but shows that the league still isn't ready for an openly gay player.
Projected 1st round pick CB Eli Apple, an Ohio State University alum, revealed to Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia that he was asked by an anonymous Falcons representative whether he "liked men".
Apple explained further, stating that the staffer appeared to double down on the comments.
"Tt was like the first thing he asked me....I was just like, 'No.'" the former Buckeye said. "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'.
To his credit, Apple acknowledged the silliness of the question, calling it "weird".
The Falcons were making all kinds of headlines during Combine week, and not in a good way. Assistant coach Bryan Cox was also accused of shoving an Arizona Cardinals scout during the events, something he has since apologized for.
This, of course, raises the question once again over whether the NFL is ready an openly gay player. Perhaps the most disturbing connotation behind the question is that here we have a team that is almost flat out admitting they would pass on a talented pick like Apple, who is projected to be a 1st rounder in many mocks, if he just so happened to "like men".
For the last time...sexual orientation does not determine skill. Do interceptions and tackles in this league not count if the player just so happens to be a homosexual? I'm big on the philosophy of, as long as you help the team win on Sunday...welcome aboard. It's time the teams of the NFL realize that.
The NFL has stated that they will be looking further into the matter, but did not comment further.
Geoff Magliocchetti looks forward to using all kinds of Apple puns when Eli enters the league next season. Suggest some to him on Twitter @GeoffMags5490.
Be the first to know
Want FREE Fantasy and Gaming Advice and Savings Delivered to your Inbox? Sign up for our Newsletter.