Fortunately for New York Giants fans, the 2017-18 season is coming to a close. While the team has begun cleaning house by firing Jerry Reese and Ben McAdoo, the drama doesn’t seem to stop with this team. On Wednesday, the Giants announced that they have suspended cornerback Eli Apple for the Week 17 match-up against the Washington Redskins.
— New York Giants (@Giants) December 27, 2017
Recently in an interview, Pro-Bowl safety Landon Collins hinted at Eli Apple being ‘a cancer’ and it caught fire amongst the NFL media rather quickly. Earlier this season, Collins had attempted to talk to Apple to see if there was anything he could do to help the former #10 overall pick get back on track. When reporters asked Apple about said meeting, he replied saying that they never had a conversation, which led to a Landon Collins tweet that he later deleted, saying “Tweet about that and watch what happens [100 emoji].”
On Wednesday, Interim Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo met with both Collins and Apple to solve the dispute. It must not have fixed much because shortly after in a team practice, Apple got into an argument with Cornerbacks Coach Tim Walton that ultimately led to the suspension. According to Ian Rapoport, the argument took place because Apple was refusing to play with the Giants’ scout team:
From our now-2 hour Up to the Minute Live on @nflnetwork: #Giants suspend Eli Apple for getting into an argument with a coach, then refusing to take the field with the scout team. pic.twitter.com/gIXh3Cycjj
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 27, 2017
Beat Writer Dan Duggan put out an article revealing Apple’s personal life and it caused quite the controversy with fans. While some called in inappropriate and/or uncalled for, it gave some insight as to why perhaps Apple has been struggling.
Set out to get to the root of Eli Apple’s tumultuous season. Here’s what I found: https://t.co/580A0BzwoW
— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) December 23, 2017
ESPN’s Dan Graziano recently made an argument that Eli Apple could be waived due to the suspension and the Giants wouldn’t be responsible for the contract if “among other things, ‘Player is suspended by the NFL or by the Club’ or ‘Player engages in conduct reasonably judged by the Club to adversely affect or reflect on Club, in Club’s sole discretion.'”
Needless to say, the season gets worse and worse for the New York Giants. There will be a lot of cleaning up to do in the offseason, including deciding what role Eli Apple will play on the Giants for the future, if any. For now, let’s just be thankful the season is almost over.