Annie Apple will not be silenced.
After ripping New York Giants owner John Mara on Twitter earlier this week, the mother of former Ohio State and current Giants cornerback Eli Apple elaborated Sunday in her weekly column for Sports Illustrated.
Annie Apple is a survivor of domestic violence, and called Mara’s comments regarding kicker Josh Brown “insensitive, dismissive and callous.”
Mara said Brown admitted to the team that he had abused his wife in the past.
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.
I am a domestic violence survivor.
Apple recounted the harrowing details of her own abuse, and provided heartfelt advice to anyone reading the column who might be experiencing something similar.
Apple received notoriety after writing a guest column for SI back in April that detailed her son’s journey to the NFL. Since then, she has started writing for the magazine’s website weekly, and has appeared as a guest on Sunday NFL Countdown.
She’s also a good follow on Twitter — @SurvivinAmerica.
Her son, Eli Apple, was the 10th overall pick by the Giants in the 2016 NFL Draft. He was a two-year starter for the Buckeyes in 2014 and 2015, and was a key piece of the secondary during their national championship run.