MINNEAPOLIS, MN – OCTOBER 3: Josh Brown #3 of the New York Giants converts a field goal at the end of the first half of the game against the Minnesota Vikings on October 3, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

Former New York Giants kicker Josh Brown has once again had the NFL’s personal conduct penalty weigh down on him. A year after serving a one-game suspension for a violation of the league’s personal conduct penalty, the NFL re-opened the investigation in light of new evidence and has once again dropped a hammer on the free agent kicker with a new six-game suspension.

Adam Schefter of ESPN was the first to report the news via Twitter.

Although the timing of this announcement comes on the same day as the NFL and Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott await a ruling from a U.S. District Court over the running back’s suspension, a league contact confirmed to Schefter the timing is purely coincidental and not at all tied to the ongoing saga regarding Elliott.

The severity of the punishment should not go unnoticed, however. Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk notes the six-game suspension issued to Brown now contradicts the league’s policy regarding violations of the personal conduct and domestic violence.

Brown was suspended a year ago, which makes this the second suspension for a violation of the personal conduct policy by Brown. But perhaps there is a gray area here as the suspension is still tied to the same incident in question. Had this been a new allegation of abuse brought to the spotlight, then the NFL may have treated the new suspension with a harsher reaction.

Brown was arrested in May 2015 on suspicion of domestic assault in the fourth degree. He was never charged, but documents later revealed Brown admitted to abusing his wife. For that, the league issued a one-game suspension to Brown, which he served as a member of the New York Giants. Brown has since been removed from the Giants roster and remains a free agent as the new season gets underway. He will serve the suspension right away despite sitting in free agency. He will simply not be allowed to play for six games even if picked up by a team during the first six weeks (or games) of the season.


About Kevin McGuire

Contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Previously contributed to NBCSports.com. Host of the Locked On Nittany Lions Podcast. FWAA member and Philadelphia-area resident.