New York Giants kicker Josh Brown didn’t make the trip to London with the team for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams, following documents being released that indicated multiple incidents of domestic abuse against his wife. It was the first step in a likely black-balling of him from the league (and rightfully so if all is proven true).
According to an ESPN report, multiple sources have told Chris Mortensen that Brown is highly unlikely to ever kick in the league again. The second step in making that happen took place on Friday, as the league has placed Brown on the commissioner’s exempt list.
That effectively ends his time on the field until the commissioner says it is okay for him to come back to the league. It also means Brown will get to keep receiving his base salary
Given that kicker is a singular position and there are many options available, a serious revelation like Brown’s admitted domestic abuse is an easy excuse to never look his way again.
According to reports, Molly Brown, Josh’s wife, has told investigators that there have been over 20 incidents of abuse over the past few years.
Brown was arrested on charges of domestic abuse back in 2015 and the Giants suspended him for the first game of the season due to that arrest. However, the charges haven’t gone through as the investigation is waiting on more evidence about the potential for multiple charges of domestic abuse against Brown.
It was all something the Giants — and likely the league — knew about given all the facts that were in front of them when they chose to arrest him in the first place.
It appears that the league and the Giants are going with the “there’s new information” line in the latest set of moves made.
“[Brown] admitted to us he’d abused his wife in the past,” Giants co-owner John Mara said Thursday during a radio interview with New York station WFAN. “What’s a little unclear is the extent of that.”
Giants head coach Ben McAdoo also indicated that the team wouldn’t just cast him aside because of these allegations.
“We’re not going to turn our back on Josh,” McAdoo said. “He’s our teammate.”
He sure is, and perhaps the best way to be there for him going forward is to make sure he is getting the help he needs to not be an abusive prick anymore.