New York Giants kicker Josh Brown was recently suspended one game by the NFL following an admission of domestic violence. Now, after Brown’s backstory has come back into the spotlight, the NFL is going to take another look at Brown.
In a serious of journal entries, emails and letters, Brown admitted to physically and emotionally abusing his wife on multiple occasions. The Giants and the NFL were unaware of many of his past transgressions, which is why he may have only been suspended one game for the one time they did know about.
The one game suspension was still criticized by many, including us, and now that the league is considering taking a closer look in light of new information it stands to reason the NFL will be the subject of criticism once more.
“NFL investigators made repeated attempts — both orally and in writing — to obtain any and all evidence and relevant information in this case from the King County Sheriff’s Office. Each of those requests was denied and the Sheriff’s Office declined to provide any of the requested information, which ultimately limited our ability to fully investigate this matter. We concluded our own investigation, more than a year after the initial incident, based on the facts and evidence available to us at the time and after making exhaustive attempts to obtain information in a timely fashion. It is unfortunate that we did not have the benefit or knowledge of these materials at the time.”
“In light of the release of these documents yesterday, we will thoroughly review the additional information and determine next steps in the context of the NFL Personal Conduct Policy. We will not be making any comments on potential discipline until that time.”
For now, Brown remains a member of the New York Giants, although some will suggest the team cut ties with him now and find another kicker to come in.
Baltimore Ravens receiver Steve Smith was one of many to call Brown out for his history.
This feels like it should be a pretty easy decision for the NFL. Another suspension for Brown seems very reasonable considering the new information the league has learned. Given the stance the NFL is attempting ti take in promoting domestic violence awareness, letting Brown skate by without any further punishment now would look bad for the NFL, a league still trying to change its narrative on the subject.What makes this extra alarming for how the NFL might handle this is the new story that suggests the NFL was aware of Brown’s Pro Bowl weekend incident firsthand.
What makes this extra alarming for how the NFL might handle this is the new story that suggests the NFL was aware of Brown’s Pro Bowl weekend incident firsthand. According to a report from SNY, the NFL assisted Brown’s wife, Molly Brown, in switching rooms after security was called on Brown.
From the SNY report;
The NFL source confirmed the incident occurred on the Friday night of Pro Bowl weekend and that hotel security was called. The source said that the Browns had three rooms at the same hotel — one for Molly, one for her two sons, and one for Josh and their young daughter. Following the incident, Molly was moved to another room in the same hotel, but Josh and the kids stayed where they were.
According to the source, the Browns were all together as a family on Saturday, and then again on Sunday at the game and on the field after the game.
So the NFL was allegedly aware of an incident in January and still waited until months later to issue a suspension? Not a good look, NFL.