Giants second-year cornerback Eli Apple is having a rough time getting along with his teammates in the NFL. Yesterday, the Giants 2016 first round pick was called out by his teammate Landon Collins on the Michael Kay radio show for being a “cancer” to his team.
Via SB Nation
There is only one corner who needs to grow up and we all know who that is,” . “That would be the only person I would change out of our secondary group. Besides, the other two guys, [Dominique Rodgers-Cromarie] and [Janoris Jenkins], I love those two guys. They play hard. They love what they do. That first pick … He’s a cancer.”
Apple’s brother, Dane Blackson, blames their mother Annie Apple for being manipulative and contributing to Eli’s issues in the NFL.
One of the biggest reasons Eli is declining so much this year as opposed to last year is [Tim’s absence],” Apple’s half-brother Dane Blackson told NJ Advance Media. “Tim made this whole thing happen. Tim didn’t miss a game. Whenever Eli looked for that support, that was always there. Now, this year whenever he goes to look for support, it’s not real, it’s not genuine.”
Tim and Annie Apple divorced in May. Tim Apple was Eli’s de facto manager during his rookie season with the Giants, but Blackson said he was fired in June shortly after the divorce.
Blackson said his relationship changed with Apple after Eli was hospitalized for a week in mid-June. That caused Apple to miss Giants mini-camp with what the team called an undisclosed illness. Blackson said Annie and Eli have cut themselves off from the rest of the family.
“Just growing up, if you had told me things would end up this way, I wouldn’t believe you. ‘Eli will go all the way to the Giants and not be family-oriented?’ ” Blackson told NJ Advance Media. “He’s burning bridges left and right and he’s losing the people that really care about him and love him no matter what. I don’t know what him and Annie are up to. It’s crazy.”
“Eli is the youngest (son), so when it comes to just being easily manipulated, I feel like he was always the perfect candidate out of all of us,” Blackson said. “Out of the three – me, Devion and Eli – Eli was more the mama’s boy.”
Blackson’s fiancee claims Annie cheated on her husband Tim with their best man and lied to Eli about it.
Blackson also took to twitter to blast his mother.