Ultimately, the truth hurts - and the last time Collins spoke out in support of Apple, how he presented that support for the latter stung quite a bit, leading the Giants' 2016 first-round draft pick to respond by essentially calling one of the team's leaders a liar.
Apple played Sunday against the Cardinals but only on special teams.
With the suspension, the Giants' three top cornerbacks - Janoris Jenkins, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Apple - have all been suspended this season.
"(Landon and I) had a quick conversation this morning and then I had a quick conversation with Eli", said Spagnuolo.
The bad blood between the two reached a boiling point when Collins told the media he has had several conversations with Apple about his struggles and handling himself in a professional manner.
While there was tension between Apple and former head coach Ben McAdoo, it appears that wasn't the entire problem with his time in NY.
No, Apple is not the reason the Giants are 2-13 with the most losses in a single-season in franchise history. "That first pick.he's a cancer".
And the criticism has continued this year, with Apple "critiqued more vociferously than any other player" in a film session after the Giants' Nov. 12 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, and with him "almost walking out on the team" and getting benched as a result.
With the way Apple's relationship with the team and his teammates appears to be going, it will be best for the two sides to part ways during the offseason whether it be by trade or release.
If Eli Apple is trying to keep his name out of the headlines, he can't be trying very hard.
The New York Post reported last month that Apple almost left the team facility after he was criticized for making bad plays during a film session. We'll see where things go from here, but having an impressive and respected veteran like Collins call you a "cancer" in a radio interview probably isn't a good sign for your career. I don't want to start no controversy with my teammate.