Giants re­lease Brown in wake of abuse

The move comes six days af­ter po­lice doc­u­ments re­vealed the place­kicker ad­mit­ted to re­peat­edly abus­ing his for­mer wife

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Tom Canavan

The Giants re­leased Josh Brown six days af­ter doc­u­ments re­vealed he ad­mit­ted to abus­ing his ex-wife.

The New York Giants re­leased place­kicker Josh Brown on Tues­day, six days af­ter po­lice doc­u­ments re­vealed Brown ad­mit­ted to re­peat­edly abus­ing his for­mer wife while they were mar­ried.

The move came shortly af­ter the player is­sued a state­ment in­sist­ing that he never hit his wife dur­ing a six year pe­riod when he ad­mits spousal abuse.

Giants Pres­i­dent John Mara says the team’s be­liefs, judg­ments and de­ci­sions were “mis­guided” in how it han­dled its re­la­tion­ship with Brown. He in­di­cated the Giants did not know the full ex­tent of Brown’s prob­lem un­til last week.

“We hope that Josh will con­tinue to ded­i­cate him­self to re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, and to be­com­ing a bet­ter per­son and fa­ther,” Mara said in a state­ment. “We will con­tinue to sup­port him in his ef­forts to con­tinue coun­sel­ing, and we hope that Josh and his fam­ily can find peace and a pos­i­tive res­o­lu­tion.”

It is not im­me­di­ately clear whether Brown will re­ceive the rest of his $1.26 mil­lion salary.

Brown was pre­vi­ously sus­pended for the open­ing game of the sea­son for vi­o­lat­ing the league’s per­sonal con­duct pol­icy af­ter the NFL in­ves­ti­gated his ar­rest in May 2015 for spousal abuse against his now ex-wife, Molly. Brown was ac­cused of grab­bing his wife’s wrist as she tried to reach for a phone, caus­ing a con­tu­sion and bruis­ing. He was not charged by lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in the case in Wash­ing­ton state.

But doc­u­ments re­leased by the King County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, in­clud­ing jour­nals and emails, de­tailed a his­tory of abuse far greater than Brown ac­knowl­edged when he spoke about be­ing dis­ci­plined be­fore the sea­son started.

“I have taken mea­sures to get help so that I may be the voice of change, not a statis­tic,” Brown said

Tues­day. “It is im­por­tant to share that I never struck my wife, and never would. Abuse takes many forms, and is not a gray area.

Through the past sev­eral years I have worked to iden­tify and rec­tify my own be­hav­iors.”

Two days af­ter the ad­mis­sions be­came pub­lic, Brown

was placed on the com­mis­sioner’s ex­empt list on Fri­day while the league con­sid­ered fur­ther dis­ci­pline. The league said it tried but failed to get more de­tails from au­thor­i­ties af­ter Brown’s ar­rest. Molly Brown de­clined to speak to league in­ves­ti­ga­tors, say­ing she did not trust that the NFL had her best in­ter­ests at heart, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­port.

The Giants dis­cussed Brown’s fu­ture af­ter re­turn­ing

from Lon­don and a 17-10 win over the Rams on Sun­day.

They an­nounced their de­ci­sion on Tues­day. Brown was left home for the game.

The doc­u­ments showed Brown’s wife told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that the abuse and other threat­en­ing be­hav­ior stretched from 2009, when she was preg­nant with their daugh­ter, to the Pro Bowl in Jan­uary 2016.

She al­leged that dur­ing that time he shoved her

into a mir­ror, break­ing it, and that he shoved a chair into her leg, bruis­ing it, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

Brown said he has spent the past sev­eral years work­ing to iden­tify and change his be­hav­iors.

“The road to re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion is a jour­ney and a con­stant mod­i­fi­ca­tion of a way of life,” Brown said in the state­ment.

“My jour­ney will con­tinue for­ever as a per­son de­ter­mined to leave a pos­i­tive

legacy and I em­brace the op­por­tu­ni­ties to show and speak about what has helped me to be that man.”

At the Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Brown’s wife said she called NFL se­cu­rity to move her and her three chil­dren to an­other ho­tel to avoid ha­rass­ment from her es­tranged hus­band. She said he had pounded on their ho­tel door seek­ing to get in.

Brown’s for­mer wife did not re­spond to mes­sages last week seek­ing com­ment

from The As­so­ci­ated Press. A law firm rep­re­sent­ing the kicker de­clined to com­ment. The NFL’s of­fi­cial pol­icy is to sus­pend play­ers guilty of do­mes­tic abuse for six games on their first of­fense. Brown apol­o­gized to the Giants Tues­day for hav­ing his past bring the in­tegrity of the team into ques­tion. Brown was not in the locker room Tues­day, the last day the team met be­fore start­ing a bye-week break.

TOM CANAVAN — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS FILE

In this file photo, New York Giants’ Josh Brown speaks with re­porters at the NFL foot­ball team’s train­ing camp in East Ruther­ford, N.J.

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