New York Giants receiver Brandon Marshall wants to help troubled cornerback Eli Apple get back on track.
Cornerback Eli Apple’s season, just like the New York Giants season, has been a disaster. However, there’s one person that wants to help Eli, veteran teammate Brandon Marshall.
Apple was suspended by the Giants on Wednesday for conduct that was considered to be detrimental to the team. Other issues he’s had this season including, considering walking out on the team twice, getting fined for tweeting during a game, and a feud with Landon Collins, where Collins called him a “cancer,” and later apologized for it.
With all these problems in one season, the question that needs to be asked is What’s wrong with Eli Apple? The answer is that Apple apparently suffered a falling out with his stepfather Tim Apple.
“One of the biggest reasons Eli is declining so much this year as opposed to last year is (Tim’s absence),” Eli’s half-brother Dane Blackson told Dan Duggan of NJ Advanced Media. “I know everyone always talks about the fame and all of the attention and how all of that can go to your head.”
Marshall, who was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in 2011 and played in five games this season before being put on injured reserve, wants to help Eli.
“I do have compassion for him,” he told Brian Heyman of the New York Post. “I talk to him. I want to spend time with him this offseason. I told him it’s not about football. I want to help him get through this because my story, I ended up in a mental institute for three months in an outpatient program.”
Marshall added, “Like so many other guys in this locker room that were Atlas, the guy who’s holding up the world, you’re holding up your family and everybody around. What that does to a person, especially a young kid, fresh out of college with no life experiences, that can break people down. … That’s what I saw when I read that story, a guy that’s really struggling off the field and having a tough time being a professional every single day when he comes to work.”
Marshall also said the Apple is a phenomenal athlete and a good person. We’ll have to wait and see if Marshall and anyone else from the Giants will be able to help Apple.
Apple’s future with the Giants could be up in the air as it is unknown what new hardnosed GM Dave Gettleman will decide to do with the former first-round pick this offseason.