Eli Apple disputes his mother’s claim of pressure from team to silence her

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Thanksgiving dinner could be awkward this year for the Apples.

Annie Apple, the mother of Giants rookie cornerback Eli Apple, contends that the team leaned on her son in an effort to silence her. Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Eli Apple said that no one from the Giants has leaned on him or otherwise pressured him to get his mother to keep quiet.

So what’s the truth? There’s not much gray area. Either the Giants leaned on Eli Apple, or they didn’t.

Annie Apple has her reasons for believing that they did, and she has platforms for expressing those reasons in detail. It will be interesting to see whether she has anymore to say on the subject.

It’s clear that she has already become disillusioned with her son’s employer. In her latest column at SI.com, Annie Apple explains that she traveled to London for the Week Seven game between the Giants and Rams but that she ultimately couldn’t bring herself to attend. She also expresses disappointment that no one from the team has reached out to her in response to the column she wrote in response to the Josh Brown situation.

Perhaps the team doesn’t want to set new precedent by directly engaging parents of players who develop a presence in the media, or maybe the Giants fear that there’s nothing they can say without making the situation worse. Either way, she went from being all in with the Giants to all out, quickly.

Annie Apple has every right to express herself, and the Giants deserve to be criticized for how they handled the Josh Brown situation. Still, it would be foolish to think other teams won’t decide based on this case to include in future draft evaluations the possibility that a player will have a mother, father, or some other family member who develops a public voice that can be used to complicate the organization’s desire to remove distractions and to focus single-mindedly on the challenge of winning football games.

41 responses to “Eli Apple disputes his mother’s claim of pressure from team to silence her

  1. The claim has to be true. The Giants are just a weird organization in my opinion. Hell, they steam headed the decision to go after the skins for spending to much during an uncapped year. Nothing surprises me when it comes to the G-Men.

  2. I think it’s in both of their best interests for her and her opinion to stay away from her son and the NY Giants. Don’t tarnish his name or get him labeled as a “momma’s boy” before he even gets going.
    Just my opinion.

  3. She uses her sons draft status to get a job and now she is using his player status to keep her relevant. The women needs to shut her trap and move on to something else.

  4. I can’t wait until these two are the new Chunky Soup family.
    “My boy loves Chunky Soup!”
    “My mom’s views are her own.”

  5. The lady is annoying. She should let her son enjoy his career without interfering. He’s a grown man.

  6. She sometimes raises some good points but she clearly over steps her boundaries just as often. You’re “internet famous” because of your son, not because of anything you yourself did outside of birth the man. It’s selfish to put your own son in such an awkward position choosing between his employer and family. Lay off the gas pedal a lil there mama.

  7. While supporting her right to express her opinion she should do so without involving her son.

    Here is some advice mom…Eli doesn’t tell you what to write or complain about your employer and you should extend the same courtesy to your son.

  8. This woman is trying to make a name for herself at the expense of her son ,,,grow up ,,,how do you like them apples !

  9. Just one more example of how shortsighted and tone deaf the NFL is. How could an entertainment entity with annual revenues of $12B+, that certainly knows where it’s own bodies are buried, not have seen the potential pitfalls of opening the door to ‘Moms Apple’ far outweighed any possible benefit?

  10. Eli is handling this well and is in a very tough situation. As a rookie, he’s not going to throw his employer under the bus for his mom. She’s fast becoming like Miko Grimes and Gregg Jennings’ sister. Her mouth will make her son’s team soon decide he’s not worth the headache.

    Just because you have the right to free speech, it doesn’t mean you should always express it, especially since the NFL is a private corporation. There are repercussions.

  11. Eli Apple ” mom shut your hole, I get questions from reporters on your articles, please stop it.”
    Annie Apple “Did the Giant tell you this?”
    Eli “No!”
    Annie “Yes they did!!””

  12. The Giants are a “weird” organization? They are one of the most stable franchises in any of the 4 major sports. Oh, and annie apple, sweetheart though she may actually be, needs to mind her own business….her “little” eli is a man now and can speak for himself.

  13. Annie Oakley I mean Apple knows her son will only be employed in football for maybe 6 years tops so she has decided to platform and profit from it. Good for her

  14. She came out in full force after the draft. She sounded like a control freak then. Everybody wants to be famous for doing nothing these days. She is no different.

  15. “Still, it would be foolish to think other teams won’t decide based on this case to include in future draft evaluations the possibility that a player will have a mother, father, or some other family member who develops a public voice that can be used to complicate the organization’s desire to remove distractions and to focus single-mindedly on the challenge of winning football games.”

    You mean, like Archie Manning forcing the Bolts to draft and trade Eli to those very same NY Giants?

    Overbearing parents are part of the deal.

  16. The Giants have done the smart thing the last few weeks and just shut up. They cut Brown, they aren’t acknowledging this, just stay quiet and go about your business.

  17. Also, great picture of Paul Perkins (Or whoever wore #28 last year) for the article. Next time a picture of Eli Apple, (#24) might work a little bit better.

  18. The giants are a smoldering dumpster fire. Mara is The Ultra-duche. Things will get real interesting after this weekends semi-annual beat down by the Eagles.

  19. This is exactly the kind of stuff that happens to the Miami Dolphins. Thank God the G-men passed on Laremy Tunsil (quite possibly the best player in the Draft) and Eli and “His Mom” wasn’t there for the Fins. Good Luck with this… especially in the NY media market!

  20. ” Either way, she went from being all in with the Giants to all out, quickly.”

    I think that statement makes the case for The Giants not engaging with her. Am I missing something?

  21. I am not sure why we should care what a second rate member of the New York Nightmaras does or what his witch mother does.

    The sooner that that shrew gets no headlines the sooner that shrew will disappear.

  22. “MOMMMMM, you’re embarrassing me.”

    This kid will spend more money than I’ll ever make, but I at least still have my self respect. This guy reminds me of the daddy’s boy from Cool Runnings.

  23. She traveled to London but couldn’t bring herself to go to the game. The game where her son was playing? That says a whole lot about her right there. And none of it positive.

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