A rough season for Ohio State alum and Giants cornerback Eli Apple is mercifully over.
The Giants suspended their 2016 first-round pick for “conduct detrimental to the team,” keeping the 22-year-old off the field for the final game of his sophomore season, Sunday vs. the Redskins. The team made the announcement on Wednesday afternoon.
The Giants suspended Eli Apple for the final week of the season. Sums up a disastrous year.
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) December 27, 2017
There have been plenty of factors leading up to this decision. Apple got into hot water with the Giants when he retweeted video of a touchdown against his own team by Cowboys running back and former Buckeyes teammate Rod Smith in Week 14. That move also violated the NFL’s social media policy.
That almost certainly played a part in why Giants safety Landon Collins called the young cornerback “a cancer” during a public radio appearance earlier this week. Couple that with a string of healthy scratches, and tensions with Apple apparently reached a breaking point for the club.
Eli Apple’s suspension today was due in part to his refusal to take the field with the scout team, source says. @RapSheet says he then got into it with a coach.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) December 27, 2017