Giants CB Eli Apple's mom tweeted that a NY Post report that said her son nearly left the team due to scrutiny is false.
"That story was laughable trash fiction! The kid comes from an African family," Annie Apple tweeted. "When your mom and grandma are Ghanaians you have the worlds toughest skin. When your haters can't make you act like a zoo monkey; they will try to portray you as immature. Don't believe the lies"
The Post report said Apple had recently threatened to leave Ben McAdoo's "brutally honest' team meeting after scrutiny was pointed his way.
McAdoo brought the whole team together before the Giants' win against the Chiefs, and visually displayed the team's lack of effort on certain plays throughout the season. Fellow CB Janoris Jenkins was ripped on for his poor play against the 49ers in that shocking loss, but it was Apple who McAdoo -- and his teammates -- got into the most.
There were two plays, according to The Post's Paul Schwartz, that sent Apple over the edge. The first was the corner getting blocked out of bounds where he didn't put up a fight to get back into the play. The other was on special teams where Apple and veteran CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie were gunners on a punt. DRC fought hard to get through his blockers, but Apple didn't show the same effort.
Teammates began to get into Apple for his lack of effort, and twice he threatened to to leave the team facility. However, McAdoo calmed Apple down and he would practice later that afternoon.
Apple has not been active the past two weeks as he wasn't told to dress for the games against the Chiefs and Redskins. Two days after the incident during the film session, he attended to his mother, who was getting brain surgery. That was the reason for him missing the Chiefs game. But the Redskins game, which was on short rest, didn't give McAdoo confidence in starting the 10th overall pick in 2016.
"He didn't practice last week, except for Wednesday," McAdoo said. "He did not play in the game and didn't get any speed work this week, that's why I chose to not dress him."
Apple has been under bad spotlight all season long as he continues to get on the coaches' bad side. He was benched for the first three series in Week 5 against the Chargers after an incident with an assistant coach at practice during the week.
He is also tied with the most penatlies on the team with six, including two defensive holding calls and two pass interferences