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Giants suspend Eli Apple and may have cause to dump former first-rounder – The Denver Post

Citing “conduct detrimental to the team,” the New York Giants suspended cornerback Eli Apple on Wednesday for the season finale against the Washington Redskins. The move sets up the possibility that the former first-round pick, who has been benched frequently this season and has been the subject of stinging public criticism from teammate Landon Collins, could have the remaining guaranteed money on his contract voided if the team releases him.

As reported by ESPN’s Dan Graziano, the four-year deal Apple signed after becoming the 10th overall selection in 2016 allows the Giants to void his guaranteed money for 2017 and the following two years if, among other things, “Player is suspended by the NFL or by the Club” or “Player engages in conduct reasonably judged by the Club to adversely affect or reflect on Club, in Club’s sole discretion.” NFL Network reported Thursday that the Giants suspended Apple after he “got into an argument” with cornerbacks coach Tim Walton, then refused to take the field with the scout team, during practice.

The 22-year-old Ohio State product, who has been the subject of accusations of immaturity, likely further damaged his standing with the team with a comment to media members in the Giants locker room. While declining to take questions, Apple said with a chuckle, “I gotta take a [crap],” reportedly grabbing his rear end as he walked away.

Shortly after that incident, the Giants announced his suspension for Week 17. “We have suspended Eli for a pattern of behavior that is conduct detrimental to the team,” interim general manager Kevin Abrams said.

The “pattern” to which Abrams referred likely includes reported criticism by coaches of Apple’s effort in games, and NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo said Wednesday that the cornerback had “barked back” at Walton earlier in the season, as well as “in the vicinity” of Giants co-owner Frank Mara. “I have been told by Giants sources all year long that Eli Apple has had an issue with authority, and is not taking coaching,” Garafolo said.

Earlier Wednesday, Collins apologized for saying the day before on a New York radio show that Apple was “a cancer” who should not be back with the team next season. “I met with Coach Spags [Steve Spagnuolo, the interim coach] and Eli this morning and I apologized for the things I said yesterday,” said Collins, who has claimed in the past on multiple occasions that Apple needs to “grow up,” on Twitter.

“I never stop supporting my brother/teammate Eli and the rest of my teammates as we move forward,” Collins, a Pro Bowl safety, continued. “Just want him to know I’m always here for him.”

Spagnuolo said, “[Collins and I] had a quick conversation this morning, and then I had a quick conversation with Eli. And then all three of us had a really good conversation and it was very productive and I’ll just leave it at that. It’s between them and they were really great.”

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