Annie became a social media sensation during the 2016 draft. A former writer and producer for “NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw” in the late 1990s and early 2000s, her outspoken personality led to stints with ESPN and Sports Illustrated during Eli’s rookie season.
“Ever since Eli got drafted, I feel like everyone got the wrong impression of Eli,” Blackson said. “From the jump, Eli never really stood a chance. It was the Annie show. I feel like that’s his biggest downfall.”
Dane believes Annie’s moves are financially motivated.
Eli signed a four-year, $15.1 million contract when he was drafted by the Giants. A family enrichment system was arranged through his financial team at Merrill Lynch, with $6,500 a month spread around the family to help pay for things like his grandparents’ mortgage and his sister’s private school tuition.
That system has been scrapped.
“You give him all this money and I couldn’t tell you what he’s doing with it besides letting mom spend it,” Blackson said.
But the scandal doesn’t end there, Dane’s fiancee went to Twitter where she accused Annie of being a fake Christian and having a five-year affair with Tim’s best friend – and the best man at their wedding. The tweets have since been deleted.
Phoenix also says that she and Dane were not a part of the Eli stimulus plan.
Annie hasn’t said much on the accusations accept that she and Dane are estranged and that’s why he’s spreading lies. She and former ESPN anchor Britt McHenry had a testy Twitter exchange.