Eli Apple was a part of a lot of Saints wins during his short stint in New Orleans, but the same can't be said about his time in the city.
The cornerback did not have what one might consider a winning opinion of the city, or members of the current roster, in the days following his Bengals squad's upset win to earn a trip to the AFC Championship game.
"New Orleans is the dirtiest smelliest city and has the worst food ever Face with tears of joy it’s that swine and crawfish thts [sic] killin yall brains," posted Apple's verified Twitter account Sunday evening.
The tweet was one in a series that trolled New Orleans, the team's current quarterback situation involving Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill, gumbo as a the pinnacle of food groups, and even crawfish. He did seem to have a relatively neutral opinion of Sean Payton's influence on winning, though he seems to think the longtime Saints coach is soon to head elsewhere.
It's impossible to verify what human actually sent the Tweets, with some suggesting it could be another member of the Apple family. But it's hardly the first time the 26-year-old former first-round pick has thrown unsolicited haymakers on Twitter. In the same rant Apple's account also called out the Giants fanbase and media, trolled Eagles QB Jalen Hurts, the city of Buffalo, Ravens fans, the city of Deridder and the concept of paper mills. So Saints fans can probably avoid feeling too targeted.
The Saints' holder of the trolling keys made sure to hit back, though. CJ Gardner-Johnson's rebuttal was short and sweet for his former Apple teammate.
Here's a rundown of the Twitter tirade:
Amid the debates of a Giants draft bust and how well he's performed in his role, there's no question Apple has made his mark with the Bengals at least as much on the field as on social media. That came with good and bad in the playoff upset of the Titans, at one point drawing a taunting penalty for standing over and yelling at QB Ryan Tannehill after a sack fumble and Bengals recovery that he did not actually participate in. But the key moment came later, when he got an arm in to break up a Tannehill pass that landed as an interception with 20 seconds remaining and set up the Bengals' game-winning field goal.
Apple joined the Saints midway through the 2018 season via a trade with the Giants, and started the final 10 regular season games and two playoff matchups. He started the first 15 games of the 2019 season but missed the finale and playoff loss to the Vikings. The Saints went 20-5 in the regular season during his run as the starter, but the team declined his 5th-year rookie option, setting him into the free agent market.
Apple signed with the Panthers before being released later in the year and ultimately latching on with the Bengals this season.
But even with the CB's heel turn, there's still more than enough Louisiana flair to keep rooting for the orange tigers. Former LSU stars Joe Burrow and Ja'Marr Chase lead a dynamic offense, former Tulane star Cam Sample and ex-Saints pass-rusher Trey Hendrickson help anchor an impressive defensive-line, former Louisiana Tech standout Trent Taylor fields kicks, and ex-Saints safety Vonn Bell holds down the safety position.
Next up: Apple gets a date with Pat Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs, a team looking to make its third consecutive Super Bowl appearance. New Orleans native Tyrann Mathieu and former LSU star running backs Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Darrel Williams will be in town for that one. It'll be interesting to hear if all those folks have a New Orleans take of their own.