Eli Apple’s mother isn’t one to hide her feelings on social media. It has made Annie Apple a bit of a social icon since her son was drafted in the first round by the New York Giants this spring, and it has especially been a fixture lately as she has sounded off on how the Giants have handled the situation with kicker Josh Brown.
Annie Apple took Giants owner John Mara to task for standing behind the kicker, who has admitted to abusing his wife, writing in a column, for Sports Illustrated, “The comments made by John Mara, owner of the New York Giants, were insensitive, dismissive and callous. How are you a so-called champion of domestic violence but lack basic compassion for a victim? Yes, this man signs my son’s checks as I’ve been reminded on Twitter. Mr. Mara owns the New York Giants. He doesn’t own Annie Apple. Wrong is wrong. And Mr. Mara’s comments were unapologetically wrong and hit at a raw place.”
Eli Apple admitted to reporters he was taken aback by his mother’s strong stance against his own organization.
“I was like, ‘goddamn,'” he said, per the New York Daily News. “But she’s her own person. She’s gonna do whatever she wants to do. She’s gonna talk about this. I’ve just got to understand that. It’s cool.
“My mom’s very vocal and that topic is very important to her, so I can understand where she was coming from. But at the same time in my position I just have to do my part and play football and do what I can do.”
Eli Apple said that he has spoken to the organization about his mother’s comments.
“I’ll be good on that front,” Apple said of his relationship with the Giants, per the New York Daily News. “I talked to them, let them know my mom, her reactions like that sometimes are like that, she’s her own person, she’s gonna do that, so I’ve just got to do my job. I just made sure I talked to everybody, man, just let them know, whoever is concerned.”
Brown was placed on the NFL’s exempt list just before the Giants played the Los Angeles Rams in London, a game they won 17-10 on Sunday.