Eli Apple ’embarrassed’ by controversial 2017 season
To say Eli Apple suffered through a controversial 2017 in his second season in the NFL would be a huge understatement.
Confrontations and infighting between himself and teammates and coaches plagued the cornerback’s season, one in which he started only seven games. The nightmarish campaign culminated in Apple being suspended for the New York Giants’ season finale for “pattern of behavior that is conduct detrimental to the team.”
Apple on Monday admitted the horrible way things played out was not flattering or reflective of how he hopes to present himself.
“Was I embarrassed? Of course,” Apple told reporters during media availability at Giants OTAs, via NFL.com. “Nobody wants to go out the way I went out. I mean, it was all over the place, so of course.”
Apple’s future with the Giants heading into this offseason was uncertain at best. It appears that a regime change benefited the 22-year-old, as new general manager Dave Gettleman and head coach Pat Shurmur appear inclined to give Apple a clean slate, something for which he’s extremely grateful.
Apple’s tumultuous 2017 season was a self-inflicted affair, something he more or less acknowledges, including how his behavior prompted teammate Landon Collins to refer to him as a “cancer.” Apple believes things are better between himself and Collins and is eager to leave the situation in the past.
Apple went on to attribute his new perspective to making much-needed changes to his life and approach to football.
“Everything,” Apple said, via ESPN. “My habits, everything that I’ve done I can touch up on. I’m just going to fine-tune everything and come in with a different attitude and be positive on the field and do everything I can to make myself better as a player and everybody else as a team.”
The onus will now be on Apple to make good on his word. The Giants obviously hope that’s the case with the extremely talented, yet mercurial, young player.