The New York Giants finally stepped up and released kicker Josh Brown on Tuesday afternoon.
Brown was suspended for Week 1 after his involvement in a domestic battery incident with his wife, Molly. He returned and had been kicking for the Giants until this week, when new documents detailed years of extensive abuse, showing it was more than just a one-time incident. The Giants left Brown home for their trip to London this past weekend and the NFL placed Brown on the commissioner’s exempt list since the team chose not to suspend him.
Brown released a statement:
As did Giants owner John Mara:
Documents detailing the extent of Brown’s abuse were revealed last week that included him calling her his “slave” and admitting he abused her in ways to control her behavior. Faced with this information at the knowledge that a belligerent Brown had to be separated from his wife at the Pro Bowl, the team defended Brown. When the NFL blamed the sheriff’s department involved with the domestic incidents for not releasing the information to investigators, that sheriff let the NFL have it.
Commissioner Roger Goodell revealed his incompetence in this area yet again, claiming that fans shouldn’t be angry because they don’t get the complicated checks and balances in place for situations like this. This is just another example of how the NFL cares more about selling pink jerseys than doing anything meaningful when it comes to domestic violence.
The Giants signed Robbie Gould to replace Brown before their London game against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.