Current Giants and former Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple said he didn't know if a report that said head coach Urban Meyer knew of domestic violence allegations a member of his staff was facing and failed to act on them was true, but called the situation "very surprising."
"It's a crazy, unfortunate situation," Apple said Thursday, according to NJ Advance Media's Matt Lombardo. "I just hope it gets worked out."
College football reporter Brett McMurphy reported earlier this week that Meyer, who has coached the Buckeyes since 2012, knew of 2015 allegations of domestic violence that Courtney Smith brought against her husband, assistant coach Zach Smith.
Ohio State placed Meyer on administrative leave as it launches an investigation into his knowledge of the situation.
Ohio State fired Zach Smith last week after Courtney was granted an order of protection stemming from a criminal trespassing charge from May and domestic violence assault accusations that occurred in 2009 and 2015.
Apple, who played two seasons at Ohio State from 2014 to 2015, said he was shocked about the report.
"It's very surprising," Apple said. "Definitely. He was one of my coaches when I played. You don't really know somebody outside of football, like you want to. Hopefully, they can get the situation worked out."