Former New England Patriots outside linebacker Jamie Collins woke up this morning a member of the team with the best record in the National Football League. Now, he’s with the 0-8 Cleveland Browns.
Collins on the second play of the game does whatever he wants and Bills gain 28 yards. Been happening all year. It was not going to continue
— michael lombardi (@mlombardifoxtv) October 31, 2016
On Thursday, the cornerback told reporters that his mom’s accusations weren’t accurate:
“She was a little bit upset and I didn’t have a chance to really talk to her, and I guess throughout that whole thing that’s just how she felt, but I never had a chance to talk to her or anything, so maybe that’s just an assumption of hers that she just felt in her gut,” Eli Apple said, via the New York Daily News. “But it’s definitely false. Nobody’s leaning on me or anything telling me things to tell her. It’s not like that at all. I think the Giants are a class organization, and I’m just happy to be here.”
Two weeks ago, Apple told reporters that he had a conversation with the Giants about his mother’s comments, although he didn’t say whether or not the team asked him to control her message.
“I talked to them and let them know my mom’s reactions sometimes are like that. She’s her own person and she’s going to do that. I have no control, so I’ve just got to do my job and that’s just play football,” Eli Apple told NJ.com on Oct. 23, the same day his mom wrote a lengthy criticism of comments made by Giants owner John Mara.
The Giants publicly backed Brown throughout accusations that he had abused his wife, and the team refused to part ways with the kicker. Even after court documents revealed Brown admitted to the abuse, Giants owner John Mara said the kicker previously told the team about his spousal abuse, but “what’s a little unclear is the extent of that.” Five days later, the team finally released Brown.
“One of the worst things you can do to a domestic violence victim or survivor is to defend the abuser,” Annie Apple wrote in a deeply personal column for Sports Illustrated that accounted her own experiences with domestic abuse. “These abusive men aren’t abusing the women in their lives because they’re sick. These abusers are not the victims. They’re abusing women because they can.