NJ.comWith one off-color comment and an reported outburst at practice, Eli Apple likely ended his Giants career. The fed-up Giants suspended the troubled cornerback for the remainder of the season on Wednesday, right after he told reporters that “I gotta take a sh–” and grabbed his rear end when they attempted to get his comments on the latest turn in his feud with teammate Landon Collins. Apple also apparently refused to work with the scout team during Wednesday’s practice and got into an argument with the coaching staff, according to ESPN and NFL Network reports. Apple’s ban could be a career-altering one. His four-year, $15.1 million rookie deal as the No. 10 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft was fully guaranteed at signing, but this suspension could be used to void all remaining guarantees in his contract. There is language in his deal that will allow the Giants to do so if so inclined, according to ESPN. If the guarantees are voided, it becomes significantly easier for the Giants to jettison Apple after this season. Before the suspension, the Giants would have had to eat close to $9 million in dead money, and pay out about $4.3 million in combined base salary for 2018 and 2019. Now, they are only looking at about $4.6 million in dead money if the guarantees are voided. The suspension makes it easier for the Giants to waive Apple. It alsos make it easier to trade him, since the acquiring team would be assuming less financial risk.
A day after New York Giants safety Landon Collins called teammate Eli Apple a cancer in a radio interview, the team has suspended Apple for the season finale against the Washington Redskins, for comments he made to reporters while trying to evade questions. When reporters tried to question Apple about the comments made by Collins, Apple told reporters “I’ve got to take a shit”, then grabbed his rear end and walked away. This led to the Giants to suspend Collins, and although his four year rookie contract worth $15.1 million was fully guaranteed when the Giants selected him tenth overall in the 2016 NFL Draft, the suspension may allow the Giants to void the remainder of his contract if they release him this offseason. It was also reported that, prior to his crude comments to reporters, Eli Apple had to be restrained at practice after getting into a heated argument with Giants cornerbacks coach Tim Walton after Apple refused to play on the scout team:
Feuding with teammates is not the only drama surrounding Eli Apple, as Eli Apple’s sister-in-law took to Twitter, to accuse Eli’s mom Annie Apple of keeping Eli Apple from his family so she can control all of his money as well as cheating on his stepdad and abandoning her grandchildren:
Meanwhile Eli Apple’s brother Dane Blackson, Annie Apple’s oldest son from a different father, has accused his own mother Annie Apple of being the real cancer and ruining Eli Apple’s career in an interview with TMZ:
“I feel like when people say Eli’s like a cancer … I just think of mom when people say like words and use these types of adjectives. I feel like he never had a fair shot. I mean, a lot of this sh*t that you could be judging him on, there’s really a master behind him pulling the strings. So, as far as Eli being the cancer, I don’t really see Eli being the cancer more than I see mom being the cancer and him not being able to distance himself.”