Another day, another hysterical reaction to a breach of political correctness decorum in the thin-skinned banana republic of Obamastan. The outrage this time comes from the world of professional sports, once a refuge from societal problems but increasingly turning into a battleground for the crushing enforced diversity that is sweeping across the fruited plain like the black plague. The NFL scouting combine is an meat market where the 32 teams size up the year’s college talent in advance of the annual player draft. Prospects are put through a series of physical, psychological and background checks in order to determine whether they merit the sizeable financial investment that will be made if they are drafted by any given organization. Apparently one question – at least according the prospect – was over the line and interpreted as an inquiry as to whether Ohio State cornerback Eli Applewas a homosexual.
According to CNN “NFL prospect Eli Apple: Falcons asked me if I like men”:
The National Football League is looking into a report that an assistant coach with the Atlanta Falcons asked a prospect if he liked men.
A spokesman for the NFL said the Falcons have acknowledged a coach asked Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple the question during the NFL Combine.
“We will look into it,” Brian McCarthy said.
The Falcons didn’t immediately reply to CNN’s request for comment, but according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, head coach Dan Quinn apologized for the question.
“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,” Quinn told the newspaper in a statement.
Apple, a redshirt sophomore, was asked by Comcast SportsNet’s “Breakfast on Broad” what was the weirdest question he was asked during his interview at the NFL Combine.
Apple replied: “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 combine is a skill audition and physical evaluation for players who have declared for the NFL Draft, which begins April 28. Apple is a top prospect and a potential first-round pick.
NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith referenced the story on Twitter, saying it was “another dehumanizing moment in NFL Combine history.”
While such a question is definitely taboo and irrelevant in any ordinary job interview this is the NFL and all factors must be considered including the media frenzy that would occur were a team to have drafted a gay player – just remember the Michael Sam circus. That ended badly for everyone involved and Sam, who came out as openly gay before he was eventually drafted by the St. Louis Rams was just too hot for the image conscious – and hypocritical to a fault – NFL. Despite his ability to play at a pro level (at least as a backup or special teams player) Mr. Sam was essentially exiled to the Canadian Football League which didn’t turn out well for him either.
The Falcons organization has good reason to be wary of potential media spectacles considering how former top draft pick and onetime franchise face Michael Vick was involved in running a dog fighting operation that resulted in his losing his spot on the team as well as landed him in prison. There was also fourth rounder Prince Shembo who drop-kicked his girlfriend’s yorkie last year, an incident that cost the adorable little critter it’s life and Mr. Shembo his job.
But it’s always something in a nation flush with professional grievance mongers hellbent on enforcing their lofty values upon everyone else.