The New York Giants suspended former Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple for “a pattern of behavior that is conduct detrimental to the team” on Wednesday, keeping him out for the final week of what’s been a trying season.
Ohio State head coach was cautious when asked about Apple on Thursday, but came to his player’s defense.
“Eli was fantastic for us. Zero issues,” Meyer said. “And I don’t really know [what’s going on], I know he came back to see us and we chatted for a little bit. As soon as this game is over, I’m going to try to get into the middle of that and find out because of the love that we have for Eli. Some of our players have talked to him, but I don’t know the whole [story], so it’s unfair for me to comment on the situation. You guys covered Eli for three years, and Eli was fantastic for us. Team player, always put team before self and became one of the best corners in college football.”
Former Ohio State receiver Jalin Marshall, who’s now on the Jets’ practice squad, echoed Meyer’s remarks in an interview with NJ Advance Media.
“Me and Eli had all good memories from what I remember,” Marshall said. “Only time we had any confusion was when we’d go out and practice. That’s all I can say about that. Eli has always been a high-character guy. Always did the right things. Always professional about his stuff. Whatever they’ve got going on is probably something internal that I don’t know about.
Apple’s suspension came after the second-year player had to be restrained by teammates during an exchange with cornerbacks coach Tim Walton, according to a report from ESPN’s Jordan Raanan. Teammate Landon Collins called Apple “a cancer” earlier this week, then apologized.