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Falcons coach apologizes for asking prospect 'Do you like men'? at Combine

Marquand Manuel apologized to Apple and the Falcons for his interview at the NFL Combine. (FOX 8 Photo) Marquand Manuel apologized to Apple and the Falcons for his interview at the NFL Combine. (FOX 8 Photo)
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The Atlanta Falcons secondary coach Marquand Manuel apologized to NFL prospect Eli Apple and the team via a statement today.

Last week Apple recounted an interview he had with the Falcons at the NFL Combine to a Philadelphia television station.

"The Falcons coach, one of the coaches, was like, 'So do you like men?'" Apple told Comcast SportsNet. "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 interview aired last Friday, Manuel responded today.

"I take full responsibility for the inappropriate question I asked at the Combine. It was wrong and I apologize to Eli Apple, Mr. Blank, the entire Falcons organization, my family, and our Falcon fans for my insensitivity. I understand it was inappropriate and the offense people have taken to it. I have had an individual counseling session on social responsibility today, and was part of a staff session as well, and found it very valuable in learning from this situation. Moving forward, I will become a better man by going through all of this.”

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