It was rather strange seeing a kicker receive a one-game suspension from the National Football League, but New York Giants kicker Josh Brown explained it was a domestic violence incident that led to his suspension.
As reported by NJ.com on Wednesday, Brown was arrested and charged with domestic violence in May 2015. The arrest occurred in the afternoon of May 22 in Washington. Brown was charged with fourth-degree domestic violence, a misdemeanor. Brown was released on a $2,000 bond and the charge was later dropped.
The NFL’s personal conduct policy led the league to weigh in and drop a one-game suspension on the kicker. Brown played the entire 2015 season, and apparently he had been going through an appeals process with the league to no avail.
“While I do not agree with the suspension, I will accept it,” Brown said in a statement released by the Giants following the suspension. “I have exhausted the appeals process and have no other options along those lines. I will continue to work hard for this team, and I have tremendous confidence in my teammates and in my ability to move on and contribute to the team.”
Brown reportedly let the Giants know about the incident the day after it happened. The NFL could not weigh in the way they have until the legal process had been completed, which is why the delay for the announcement of the suspension.