Giants CB Eli Apple's mom, Annie Apple, threatened to sue a couple media outlets after posting stories containing "awful lies" about her and her family.
Annie Apple took to Twitter to claim stories written about her son's struggles this year from NJ.com's Dan Duggan and Black Sports Online's Robert Littal are not true. Both stories highlighted family issues being the root to why Eli hasn't been himself all season with the Giants.
Last 2 weeks there've been awful lies written about me defaming my name, character. I've been subject to online ridicule, harassment. Dan Dugan &https://t.co/zc66sEi9YH, Robert Littal &Black Sports I'm coming for u in court. Save ur coins; when I'm done, u won't afford free WiFi- Annie Apple (@SurvivinAmerica) January 1, 2018
Eli struggled both on and off the field this year, with his season officially ending in a suspension for Week 17 for conduct detrimental to the team. He was also characterized a "cancer" by Landon Collins during a radio interview to go along with tweeting on the sideline in Week 14, which is a clear violation of the NFL's social media policy.
It is because of these incidents among others that Apple's future with the Giants is up in the air. The team's new GM, Dave Gettleman, said he was sitting down with Apple on Wednesday for their first meeting with each other.
Eli played in just 11 games this season, where he totaled 49 combined tackles and didn't record an interception.
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As a mother, naturally you want what is best for your son. But when Annie Apple starts tweeting whenever something pops up in the news about her or her son, all she is doing is hurting his cause.
Apple has had the toughest season I've seen from any Giants player in several years. At just 22 years old, it is hard to battle off-the-field problems and still go out on the field and perform up to your standards. But when your mother is just adding fuel to the fire, it doesn't help break the perception that drama is all the Apples bring to the table in New York.
When you play in New York, the pushy, borderline intrusive media is something that is expected. It goes without saying. So, to see stories that may or may not be true, unfortunately comes with the business. Reacting to them and everyone else isn't the solution, but rather gives the look, "Eli Apple can't handle New York."
Gettleman has sat down with Eli, and I'm sure as straightforward as he can be, he asked the corner whether or not drama is going to continue in the future. Annie has already called out John Mara after the whole Josh Brown incident last year, so she doesn't seem to care who she targets including the man that signs her son's paychecks.
And, despite what Eli's career may hold in the future, that right there could be a main factor in him not returning to Big Blue next season.