Giants’ GM not talk­ing about Brown

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Tom Cana­van

New York Giants gen­eral man­ager Jerry Reese has very lit­tle to say about the team’s de­ci­sion to re­lease place­kicker Josh Brown in the wake of rev­e­la­tions Brown abused his wife over an ex­tended pe­riod of time.

Speak­ing to the me­dia for the first time since Brown was cut last week, Reese re­fused to an­swer ques­tions deal­ing with Brown.

Reese started his first news con­fer­ence since train­ing camp by talk­ing about the Giants (4-3) com­ing out of their bye week. He noted that while he was pleased with the de­fense and spe­cial teams, the of­fense still has a long way to go.

When the topic changed to Brown with a ques­tion about

whether the team was aware of his do­mes­tic vi­o­lence is­sues when it re­signed him this spring to a two-year, $4 mil­lion con­tract, Reese said he was not tak­ing ques­tions about the 37-year-old kicker who had a ca­reer sea­son with the Giants in 2015.

“I wish heal­ing for him and his fam­ily, and every­body in­volved,” Reese said. “That’s all I’m go­ing to say about that.”

Reese also re­fused to ad­dress a ques­tion about his ex­pressed de­sire for the team to sign char­ac­ter in­di­vid­u­als, and his de­ci­sion to re-sign Brown.

“I’m not tak­ing any ques­tions in re­spect to Josh Brown, guys. Stop ask­ing me,” said Reese, who also would not dis­cuss an in­ci­dent ear­lier this month in which left tackle Ereck Flow­ers pushed a re­porter

af­ter a loss in Green Bay.

Reese would not even talk about his de­ci­sion not to dis­cuss the Brown sit­u­a­tion.

“I don’t think it makes sense for peo­ple to keep talk­ing about that sit­u­a­tion right now,” he said.

The Giants signed Rob­bie Gould last week­end and he kicked against the Los An­ge­les Rams in the 17-10 win in Lon­don on Oct. 23.

While Reese said noth­ing about Brown, quar­ter­back Eli Man­ning was hon­est in ad­dress­ing the Brown sit­u­a­tion. “You un­der­stand the or­ga­ni­za­tion had to make a de­ci­sion and so I un­der­stand it from their part,” Man­ning said.

Two years ago, Man­ning and sev­eral other NFL play­ers ap­peared in an anti-do­mes­tic vi­o­lence public ser­vice an­nounce­ment, with their mes­sage be­ing “no more.”

“I am not in a po­si­tion to judge a per­son,” Man­ning said. “There is a sit­u­a­tion, there is un­der­stand­ing

what is right and wrong and how to con­duct your­self, and how to treat women and chil­dren and peo­ple. “I think you can speak out on that and how to do it.” Man­ning ad­mits the sit­u­a­tion gets con­fus­ing when the al­leged abuser is ei­ther a team­mate or a friend. He said the first in­stinct is to sup­port them, At the same time, he said you can still talk about do­ing things the right way.

“It sounds like you are hav­ing con­flict­ing thoughts, but it’s still, I’m not in that po­si­tion to judge a cer­tain per­son or speak badly about a per­son be­cause he may have done some­thing,” Man­ning said, adding he did not know ex­actly what Brown did.

Man­ning said he prob­a­bly would not speak badly about any­one even if he knew all the de­tails.

“That’s not my job,” Man­ning said. “As a so­ci­ety, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence is not some­thing we should ac­cept. Peo­ple should be treat­ing

others bet­ter, and I be­lieve in that, but I don’t think it’s my job to speak to a cer­tain per­son or speak badly about a cer­tain per­son.” Man­ning feels for Brown. “I just wish that Josh and his whole fam­ily, that they can move on and go on and can kind of get through this time,” he said. The Giants re­turn to ac­tion Sun­day when they host the Philadel­phia Ea­gles (4-3) at MetLife Sta­dium.

Af­ter be­ing one of the NFL’s top of­fenses a year ago, New York is tied for 26th in scor­ing, av­er­ag­ing 19 points. It is last in rush­ing, av­er­ag­ing 70.3 yards.

“Of­fen­sively, we def­i­nitely need to pick up the pace in a lot of cat­e­gories,” Reese said. “I be­lieve we did some things over the break and self-scouted a lit­tle bit to look into what is go­ing on with our of­fense.

“Ob­vi­ously, we need to run the ball bet­ter. We need to do bet­ter down in the red zone and score some points.”

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