While CB Eli Apple and the Giants appear headed for a messy split at the conclusion of the season, the 22-year-old does have a friend from his club's co-tenants at MetLife Stadium.
Jets LB Darron Lee voiced support for his former Ohio State teammate on Wednesday.
"He's a great teammate to me," Lee said after the Jets' practice Wednesday. "So I can't speak for anything going on right now."
His comments came before the Giants suspended Apple for the final game of the season on Sunday.
The 10th overall pick in last year's draft, Apple has had a tumultuous season in his second year as a pro, which includes the stress of his mother undergoing surgery on her brain. His suspension Wednesday stemmed in larged part from an argument with coach Tim Walton, one of several he's had this yeari with the QB coach among others. That includes an incident where he reportedly shouted at a Giants staff member during a game, which led to him being benched the following week. A team source has described Apple as having a bad attitude all season in addition to poor practice habits, and a generally sour demeanor that has worn on his teammates.
Giants S Landon Collins called Apple a "cancer" during an ESPN radio show Tuesday. Although he walked back those comments on Wednesday, Collins still said he felt that his teammate has "checked out" on the season.