Mother of Giants player criticizes owner John Mara for comments on Josh Brown

Shalise Manza Young
·Yahoo Sports Columnist


Annie Apple, the mother of cornerback Eli Apple, was one of the darlings of the run-up to this year’s NFL Draft for her way of keeping it real: she wouldn’t let her son accept an offer of a pricey Rolex before the draft because, as she said, he was an “unemployed college dropout” at the time.

Eli Apple wasn’t unemployed for long. The New York Giants made him the 10th overall pick, and he’s played in four of the Giants’ games this season, with one start. Annie Apple has remained in the public eye, not just through her funny and informative Twitter feed, but also was hired as a contributor to ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown.

Annie Apple and Eli Apple at an event earlier this year (AP)
Annie Apple and Eli Apple at an event earlier this year (AP)

And on Thursday night, as the Giants continued to show us that despite their own previous words on the subject the powers that be simply don’t care about domestic violence, at least not if it’s committed by a standout player, Annie Apple took to Twitter to speak out.

Appearing on WFAN on Thursday after the Brown situation, well, hit the fan, owner John Mara inexplicably said, “(Brown) admitted to us he’d abused his wife in the past. What’s a little unclear is the extent of that.”

Keep in mind, by now Mara and New York know that Molly Brown required the help of NFL Security at the Pro Bowl earlier this year because he was drunk and pounding on her hotel room door; Molly and her children were moved to a new hotel. They also know that Molly alleged to a police detective and court officer that Josh was physically abusive to her at least 20 times.

The breathtakingly tone-deaf quote was not well-received by Apple, who revealed herself as a survivor of domestic violence during her series of tweets.

It didn’t take long for some to try to silence Apple by pointing out that Mara is signs her son’s paychecks. And she, rightfully, was not having it.

Apple offered a little more as a survivor, writing, “Abuse at the hands of man who’s supposed to love you is not something victims like to talk about; (you’re) embarrassed, hard to process emotionally” and that her own past isn’t something she likes to talk about or relive, but felt it was important to speak up for other women who can’t.