Annie Apple isn’t one to stay silent, regardless of whether her opinions might rile up members of her son Eli’s New York Giants organization. And she isn’t going to stay silent even if they’d like her to.
The mother of the Giants rookie cornerback wrote in a column for Sports Illustrated on Wednesday that the organization is leaning on her son to control her.
“I was livid with the Giants, not just because of (owner) John Mara’s comments but I was disappointed in the organization because I felt they were leaning heavily on a 21-year-old kid in an effort to control what his mother says,” Annie wrote.
“That’s not fair. Did I rob a liquor store in the middle of the night rocking a NY Giants Apple jersey? No. I merely shared my disappointment and sadness in the team’s callous response to domestic violence because I am a survivor and it impacted me in a deep way.”
Annie Apple was referring to a previous column she wrote for SI criticizing Mara and the Giants for their handling of former kicker Josh Brown in the middle of his domestic violence issues. Brown remained eligible to play until Roger Goodell placed him on the Commissioner Exempt List.
She pointed out that nobody in the organization reached out to her after she took the stance, which she found disappointing. She also made it clear she isn’t going to stop speaking her mind on issues that are important to her.
“When it comes to what I post on social media, Black Eli and I have always had just one agreement: I will never post the baby picture of him naked holding a mango. That’s our only deal,” she wrote.
Her son has played five games and started two so far for the 4-3 Giants, who are tied with the Philadelphia Eagles for second place in the NFC East behind the Dallas Cowboys.