How This Former New York Giant Became the Villain of Upstate New York Football
Between his time playing for the New York Giants, and against the Buffalo Bills, Eli Apple doesn't have many fans left in the Empire State.
Apple was a first round pick of Big Blue in 2016, but saw his relationship with the franchise sour, and after a lot of reported tension between Apple and some of his teammates, he was traded to the New Orleans Saints in 2018. He played for New Orleans and Carolina before finding a home with the Cincinnati Bengals, the team that just eliminated the Buffalo Bills from the NFL postseason.
Apple has been living large on his Twitter account in the aftermath of his team's victory, angering more and more Buffalo fans as the days go by.
He's generated so much vitriol online that it's left me asking this question: is Eli Apple officially the villain of New York football?
Introducing 2023's New York Football Villain, Bengals' DB Eli Apple
Few people have been more popular on Twitter this week than Eli Apple, cornerback for the Cincinnati Bengals. Apple's primary career is playing football, but he's made a secondary career this week out of antagonizing Buffalo Bills' players and fans.
In case you missed it, here's how he responded to Stefon Diggs, who addressed criticism he was receiving for his actions during and after the loss:
He also had this to say about Diggs and his QB, Josh Allen:
He then doubled down on the Allen-Diggs shade:
The conversation with Diggs continued, with Apple saying the following:
Shaq Lawson weighed in online, and got the following response:
He didn't tweet this directly, but rather retweeted this, and many similar tweets like this:
Apple did receive criticism for his "Cancun on 3" comment, with some people believing that he was taking an indirect shot at Damar Hamlin. Here was his response to seeing that:
Eli Apple has always walked a very thin line between confidence and cockiness, whether you believe he has earned the right to act that way, or not. He's had his ups-and-downs during his playing career, but after his time with the Giants, has always been loyal to his teammates and himself win, lose or draw.
It's that fact that allows me to say these two things: Eli Apple is the newest villain of New York football, and he won't be getting a free drink in a New York bar anytime soon.