As you may know, the latest domestic violence case circulating around the NFL stems from New York Giants veteran kicker, Josh Brown. Again, the NFL has received tons of backlash for not handling the case in the proper manner.
Recently, Giants’ owner John Mara commented on his kicker’s situation stating, “He admitted to us he’d abused his wife in the past. What’s a little unclear is the extent of that.” This too was not received well by the public and outcries were made, one particularly close to the Giants organization.
Annie Apple, mother of Giants rookie Eli Apple and ESPN journalist, wrote a piece for Sports Illustrated two days ago bashing Mara and the Giants organization for the handling of Brown’s case.
“The comments made by the owner of the New York football Giants were insensitive, dismissive and callous,” wrote Apple. “How are you a so-called champion of domestic violence but lack basic compassion for a victim?”
From the start of the article, the tone is extremely dark and reading after this quote, you can see why when Apple states, “I am a domestic violence survivor.”
Apple vividly tells her nightmare of a relationship with a man who repeatedly abused her for years. Not to go into many specifics as it is graphic, Apple was sent to the hospital a few times even when she was expecting a child.
She even went as far to say that her now husband at the time wanted to have her third child aborted because he changed his mind. Apple was persistent in keeping the child, and after those many years of horrific torture in her own home, she left.
Six months later, Eli was born.
This personal account was one that truly hit home while reading, and though it is extremely revealing, Apple knows that the point wouldn’t get across otherwise.
In her final words, Apple truly makes it known how she feels the Giants and the NFL as a whole should approach this delicate situation.
“Some have called me a distraction because speaking up for a cause the Giants have reportedly championed for years makes me a distraction. Others have called me a hero for speaking up. Honestly, I’m not a hero. I’m not special. I just know that in life, there are times when certain things are more important than your personal comfort or the game of football. This is one of those times.”