Eli Apple’s brother says mother Annie is the real ‘cancer’
Eli Apple’s mother Annie endeared herself to fans with her outspoken personality and sense of humor during the NFL Draft two years ago, and she has been a very important figure in the cornerback’s life. According to Apple’s brother, Dane Blackson, that is why Eli is having so many issues with the New York Giants.
In an interview with TMZ this week, Blackson — who is Apple’s half-brother and shares the same mother — said Annie has created a ton of problems for Apple and is disliked by everyone in the former Ohio State star’s inner circle.
“Everybody’s saying he has family issues or there’s family members that he has to cut off. Nobody can just come right out and be like, ‘Yo, it’s his f—ing mom.’ It’s a damn shame,” Blackson said. “Eli’s agents, his financial team, they don’t like Annie. Nobody likes Annie.
“I feel like when people say Eli’s like a cancer … I just think of mom when people say those words and use those types of adjectives.”
Annie Apple has been active on Twitter and even landed a job with ESPN after the 2016 NFL Draft. She was an outspoken critic of the Giants over their handling of the Josh Brown domestic violence situation, and she accused the team of trying to silence her son.
“I feel like he never had a fair shot. I mean, a lot of this s— that you could be judging him on, there’s really a master behind him pulling the strings,” Blackson said. “So, as far as Eli being the cancer, I don’t really see Eli being the cancer more than I see mom being the cancer and him not being able to separate himself.”
Annie Apple underwent brain surgery during the season, and that was said to be a great source of stress in Eli’s life. The 22-year-old has found himself in hot water with the Giants organization at numerous points this season, and he has been suspended for Week 17 after he reportedly had it out with members of the coaching staff.
All indications are that the Giants are planning to move on from Apple this offseason. You can bet his mom will have a big say in where he ends up next.