Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple played his high school ball across the river in Voorhees, New Jersey so he stopped by Comcast SportsNet's Breakfast On Broad on Friday to talk about his potential future in the NFL.
The topic of strange combine questions came up. And he certainly had an answer.
"I've been asked a lot of weird questions. I don't know if I could say on TV," Apple said.
"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."
Not sure how teams think these sort of questions are a good idea.
At least they didn't ask him if he thought any of his relatives were hot, I suppose.
UPDATE: The Atlanta Falcons have released a statement from Head Coach Dan Quinn:
“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. I have reiterated this to the entire coaching staff and I want to apologize to Eli for this even coming up. This is not what the Atlanta Falcons are about and it is not how we are going to conduct ourselves.”
UPDATE II: NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the following in an email to CSNPhilly:
"This is disappointing and clearly inappropriate as the Falcons acknowledged. We will look into it."
Joel Embiid has caught the eye of a Golden State Warrior.
At Golden State's shootaround Sunday night at the Sixers' practice facility in Camden, New Jersey, Warriors power forward Draymond Green said what we all think about Joel Embiid.
"He has a chance to be really f------ good," Green said.
Green and the Warriors will miss Embiid Monday when they tip off against the Sixers at the Wells Fargo Center. Embiid will miss two more games to minimize the risk of aggravating his left knee injury. The Sixers are targeting Friday against the Knicks for his return (see story).
Embiid hasn't played since the Jan. 27 game against Houston and has missed 16 of the Sixers' last 17 games. Still, the 22-year-old has shown, when healthy, he's a special player that Sixers can build around.
In 31 games -- with minute restrictions and missing 27 games, too -- Embiid is averaging 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 2.1 assists. He's shooting 46.6 from the field and 36.7 percent from beyond the arc. Despite running a tremendous Twitter campaign for the NBA All-Star Game, he missed out being an All-Star in his first year. He won the NBA's Rookie of the Month for October, November, December and January.
Yeah, we all agree with Green.
But how much of Embiid has Green seen?
"I haven't had a chance to watch him," Green said. "I think he has a chance to be damn good. He's figuring it out. He's versatile. He can do a lot of things."
For more from the Warriors on the Sixers' potential, watch the video above.
Delaware 87ers living legend Nate Robinson pulled a new one out of his bag of tricks on Saturday.
Akin to your dog running through the doggie door and back into your house, the 5-foot-9 Robinson took matters into his own hands when he was in a jam and dribbled *THROUGH* the legs of 7-foot-2 Raptors 905 big man Edy Tavares.
Like put his entire body through Tavares' legs while dribbling.
No, seriously, check this out.
Call him up to the Sixers right now just for that. All of us, especially Shaq, need to see him do that to JaVale McGee on Monday when the Warriors are in town.
Outside of that move, it was not a good night for Robinson as he finished with just three points on 1 of 6 from the field.
The Robinson comeback tour in the First State has gotten off to an OK start. He's averaging eight points through four games with the 87ers.
But who cares about points if you can do cool stuff like dribble your whole body through another dude's legs?