Falcons assistant Marquand Manuel apologizes for inappropriate Combine question

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When the news of a Falcons assistant coach asking defensive back Eli Apple about his sexual preference went public last week, Falcons coach Dan Quinn apologized and said he had spoken to the assistant in question about the inappropriate nature of the query without revealing the coach’s name.

That coach came forward with an apology of his own on Monday. Secondary coach and senior defensive assistant Marquand Manuel, who played eight years in the NFL, issued a statement through the team.

“I take full responsibility for the inappropriate question I asked at the Combine,” Manuel said. “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.”

There were reportedly questions to other prospects along the lines of the one asked to Apple during the Combine and the NFL said they would look into the questioning.

40 responses to “Falcons assistant Marquand Manuel apologizes for inappropriate Combine question

  1. “The escape goat has been found. Wonder what old Marquand got in return for falling on that live grenade?”

    It is scapegoat not escape goat LOL. 🙂

  2. He should be fired.

    And, Apple was probably shocked and scared to death as to what he should do. This was an interview, for Pete’s sake.

  3. floriosnuts says:
    Mar 7, 2016 1:02 PM
    The escape goat has been found. Wonder what old Marquand got in return for falling on that live grenade?
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    Doubt it. (and it’s scapegoat btw). It would be too risky to lie. All Apple would have to say is “nope, wasn’t him”, and the Falcons would be in twice as much trouble than the already are.

  4. Apparently Manuel is a worse coach than he was a player. Good luck with your future career… “would you like fries with that?”

  5. Whats the big deal? Either you do or you don’t like men. Just answer the question and move on. Its not really inappropriate. Whats really crazy about Marquand is he has 18 brother and sisters.

  6. A job interview is a 2-way street. Not only is the employer evaluating you, but you should also be evaluating the employer. If they are that unprofessional at the interview, how are they going to be when you start working for them? There is nothing worse than starting a new job and then regretting taking the job a few weeks later when you realize there are some very undesirable things about the workplace. An NFL team is no different, smart players take notice of how a team is run.

  7. No “I’m sorry.” This isn’t an apology. Dumpster Fire Dan Quinn. Fire the coach that asked the questions. NFL needs to take away a draft pick.

  8. Whats the big deal? Either you do or you don’t like men. Just answer the question and move on. Its not really inappropriate. Whats really crazy about Marquand is he has 18 brother and sisters.
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    Asking that question is against the law. That’s the big deal.

  9. Give him credit for publicly standing up to admit his mistake. He could have just hid behind Quinn and remained anonymous.

  10. What a tool. They guy had an “Individual Counseling” session today?

    Isn’t that nice.

    He should be fired for discrimination or intending to discriminate.

  11. He is only sorry b/c his job was on the line and he was outed. It doesn’t change the way he feels. That has been there for a while and not likely to change with one stupid comment. I LOVE the response about asking him if he was hitting on him. That would have made the interviewer as uncomfortable and the interviewee.

  12. I’m tired of this Apology Society of the 21st century.

    It’s a PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL team. It’s modern day gladiators. This isn’t a software programming job he was applying for at Facebook headquarters in Silicon Valley.
    Gotta love all the perspective-less nerds talking about how it goes against the rules of corporate America and he should file a complaint with Human Resources – go back to playing your little fantasy football, fellas.

  13. Was Manuel alone with Apple when he asked this question or were others (like Quinn and/or Dimitroff) present? I thought that at these combine interviews, the entire team’s top brass is present.

  14. A job interview is a 2-way street. Not only is the employer evaluating you, but you should also be evaluating the employer. If they are that unprofessional at the interview, how are they going to be when you start working for them? There is nothing worse than starting a new job and then regretting taking the job a few weeks later when you realize there are some very undesirable things about the workplace. An NFL team is no different, smart players take notice of how a team is run.

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    Maybe in the real world, but the pro sports are different. If you are drafted by a team you have to go there if you want to play professionally.

  15. The guy should be fired. What on earth would possess a professional to ask an applicant his sexual interests?

  16. If any employer in the country asked this question they would be vulnerable to legal action. And this isn’t rooted in opinion on political correctness – it’s law. Employers cannot make hiring decisions based upon various identity markers including sexual orientation, race, disability status.

    But this is the NFL and this is the combine, so I’m sure greater atrocities have occurred.

  17. First off, it’s not a job interview, it an evaluation period. If I ran a team and knew my players would not feel comfortable being around a gay person you bet there is no way the gay person ever gets hired.

    Is it politically correct these days ? No, but it’s my team and I can give a contract to whoever I want. Also not give a contract to whoever I want. It’s a sad day when an entire team and coaches have to go out of their way, hold their thought and make believe one person with strange desires feels comfortable Let face it, the majority of people in the world think this way and all the laws and speeches and parades are not ever going to change that.

  18. An individual counseling session on social responsibility? Seriously? How much more left-wing can the NFL become?

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