Giants suspend CB Eli Apple

The Giants suspended Eli Apple for the final week of the season, including the finale against the Redskins, "for a pattern of behavior that is conduct detrimental to the team", interim general manager Kevin Abrams said Wednesday afternoon.

The Giants safety tweeted on Wednesday that he met with interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo and Apple earlier in the day and apologized for calling his teammate a "cancer".

The former No. 10 overall pick in 2016 started in 11 of his 14 games during his rookie season, but was benched multiple times this season, and was most recently benched against the Cardinals in Week 16 and played strictly special teams.

Those are some strong comments, but they're also somewhat understandable considering the criticism Apple's play has taken this season.

With the suspension, the Giants' three top cornerbacks - Janoris Jenkins, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Apple - have all been suspended this season.

Collins apologized Wednesday after meeting with Apple and Spagnuolo.

The Giants fired GM Jerry Reese - who drafted Apple - and coach Ben McAdoo on December 4.

While Apple's draft status and ability seem to suggest he has what it takes to play in the National Football League, it remains to be seen if he'll still be a Giant next season. They play hard. They love what they do.

The following day, Apple denied he had any conversation with Collins, who was livid when told about Apple's comments.

Collins tagged Apple in the post, and added a "100" emoji for extra effect. "But that first pick, I don't think... he's a cancer". He's dealt with a hip injury and had a reported blow-up at coaches during a critical film session. A new regime might want to rid the team of problems and start over.


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