LONDON — Like many people, she heard John Mara’s comments on Thursday regarding the allegations against Josh Brown this week and was disappointed. Like many people, she went to social media and expressed that sentiment.
Unlike most people, though, Annie Apple is the mother of Giants cornerback and first-round pick Eli Apple.
The rookie’s mom long has been a hit on Twitter and has recently been added to the list of correspondents at both Sports Illustrated and ESPN, but she has mostly stayed away from controversial Giants affairs in her public comments.
“As a domestic violence survivor, reading these Mara comments makes me sad, angry and completely baffled,” she wrote as part of a string of posts on Thursday night. “He just doesn’t get it. This is sad.”
Her other posts included comments such as “It’s one thing to like someone or even a team. It’s a whole other thing to cosign the [expletive]. Don’t cosign the bull” and “Because someone signs your check, doesn’t mean he or she owns your soul. The day you put that up for sale, your humanity ceases to exist.”
Apple also tweeted about domestic violence in general.
“Abuse at the hands of man who’s supposed to love u is not something victims like to talk about; ur embarrassed, hard to process emotionally” she wrote.
“By the first time a domestic violence victim calls police, there are dozens of times b4 that she didn’t. Takes courage to seek help, justice,” she also posted.
When it was suggested to her that Mara’s comments were embarrassing, in particular his remark that the Giants knew that Brown abused his wife but “what’s a little unclear is the extent of that,” Apple said that was not how she felt.
“I’m more sad than embarrassed,” she wrote. “My heart breaks for a woman who had to live in fear for her life& daily safety. That makes me sad. Been there.”