The Atlanta Falcons made headlines last week when NFL Draft prospect and former Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple said that one of the team’s assistants asked him if he “liked men” during the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, and the media storm was a big one as rumors of homophobia within the organization spread.
Today, however, the Falcons posted statements from head coach Dan Quinn and assistant Marquand Manuel, the latter of whom asked the question.
Dan Quinn and Marquand Manuel have issued statements regarding incident at Combine. pic.twitter.com/ThNYqkTg1h
— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) March 7, 2016
One thing appears all but certain now, and that is that Apple will probably not be an Atlanta Falcon once the upcoming NFL Draft wraps up. By the same token, it is somewhat refreshing to see the Falcons take such an approach to addressing the issue, even if it was a few days later than some would have liked.
As for Apple, even if he does like men, what business is that of ours? He’s about to start his NFL career and has the potential to be great, so what does his personal life matter at all?
Either way, stay tuned to Campus Sports for further updates on Apple’s path to the NFL!
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