New York Giants second-year cornerback Eli Apple won't play in his team's final game of the year, a meaningless rivalry game against the Redskins, who, like the Giants, have been eliminated from the playoffs.
The punishment marks the end of a wild week for Apple and comes after a fun-filled day that included a heated confrontation at practice and a shitty comment to reporters.
ESPN reports that Apple got into it with coaches at practice on Wednesday over whether he should be working with the scout team, rather than the dudes expected to play on Sunday. "Words were exchanged between the embattled second-year player and cornerbacks coach Tim Walton, and Apple had to be restrained by teammates," ESPN says.
The incident came a day after one of his teammates said the 22-year-old Apple is a "cancer." Safety Landon Collins was on ESPN Radio New York when he was asked about personnel changes he'd make to the Giants secondary. He pointed to only one. "There's one corner that ... he needs to grow up, and we all know who that is," Collins said, referring to Apple. "That would be the only person I would change out of our secondary group."
"He's a cancer," Collins added.
Asked Wednesday to respond to Collins' name-calling, Apple stepped in it again. "I gotta take a shit," he told reporters as they asked him about the comment. He also "grabbed his rear end when speaking, further clarifying his sentiments as he walked into the players-only section of the locker room," NJ Advance Media reports.
Within hours, Apple's season was over, with the team suspending him for "a pattern of behavior that is conduct detrimental to the team."
The Giants season will end after its game against Washington and the moment can't arrive soon enough. They've had a horrific year that, so-far, has seen the team win only two games while firing its coach and bungling the benching of its iconic quarterback. The only upside to this awful year is that the Giants will have the second overall pick in next spring's draft. But they'll probably screw that up too.