Eli Apple has been with the New York Giants for only two seasons, but the former first-round pick is apparently already prepared to move on from the franchise that took him No. 10 overall.
This is according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, who is reporting that a New York source is telling her that Apple won’t be playing for the Giants next season.
“He will not be in a NYG uniform next year,” the source told Anderson. “Dude is done with NYG. Done.”
This is coming off the heels of one of his teammates calling him a “cancer”, mind you. He was also inactive for New York’s Week 16 clash against the Arizona Cardinals, a 23-0 loss. Just days later, Apple was suspended by the team for the season’s final game. The reason? According to interim general manager Kevin Abrams, conduct detrimental to the team.
“We have suspended Eli for a pattern of behavior that is conduct detrimental to the team,” Abrams said.
It sure seems like all the chips are stacked up against Apple in the Big Apple, but one has to wonder if it has more to do with his attitude and character more than anything else. After all, one incident can and does happen. Multiple incidents though, leading to a team suspension, seems to be a noticeable pattern.
The fact that Apple is “done” with New York speaks a lot to his emotional state surrounding the organization, especially considering the fact that the Giants will have a new head coach and general manager sooner rather than later.
Apparently, that fresh start just won’t be enough for Apple so it will be interesting to see how he moves on.