Player legacies may not be built in a day, but relationships can definitely be destroyed in that short time frame.
Take Antonio Brown, who seemed to have a good thing going with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but mid-game against the Jets he decided to take of his clothes, run across the field to the locker room, and call an Uber to leave the stadium.
While not as unhinged as Brown, Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Eli Apple committed similar senseless actions when he dragged the New Orleans Saints on social media.
Apple played for the New Orleans Saints for two years in 2018 and 2019 before finding a home in Cincinnati this past season.
He’s started fires with other franchises before, but his most recent outburst in Twitter seems completely unwarranted. On a casual Sunday night, Apple decided to crap all over the Saints franchise, stating that he hates NOLA’s fan base the most.
Apple then proceeds to deliver the lowest possible blows, calling the city of New Orleans dirty, smelly, and worst of all, having terrible, “brain-killing” cuisine.
Eli Apple drags New Orleans Saints’ good name through the mud on Twitter
How dare he hate on gumbo! So uncalled for.
Apple starts this NOLA-hating tirade out of nowhere, firing shots at Jameis “crab legs” Winston and Sean Payton, and Saints fans weren’t going to just sit back and let him run his mouth.
In response, some linked to highlight videos of Apple getting burned by opponents, and others shared the sentiment that the Saints sleep just fine with Apple gone.
New Orleans declined Apple’s fifth-year option back in 2019, forcing Apple to find another team. That may be one reason for the boiling bad blood, but it still doesn’t explain why Apple dredges up the past at this particular time.
The Cincinnati Bengals are heading to the AFC Championship in one week where they will play the Kansas City Chiefs. Apple has many better things to do — such as, say, preparing to face ultra-dangerous wideout Tyreek Hill — but he woke up and chose violence.
Apple complained that Saints fans’ responses caused Apple’s own mother to deactivate her Twitter, but he has no one to blame but himself. You started this. Remember that.