The Giants have cut Kicker Josh Brown, who is currently dealing with allegations of regular spousal abuse stemming from his own personal letters that were released by police last week. The letters were released as the King County Sheriff’s Office in Washington finalized the case file of Brown’s arrest for domestic violence, which occurred in May 2015.
Giants owner and president John Mara addressed the release in a written statement from the team:
“We believed we did the right thing at every juncture in our relationship with Josh. Our beliefs, our judgments and our decisions were misguided. We accept that responsibility. We hope that Josh will continue to dedicate himself to rehabilitation, and to becoming a better person and father. 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.”
The statement also outlines the Giants’ charitable work with domestic violence advocacy groups and shelters in the New York area.
Brown himself also released a statement, denying that he struck his wife but acknowledging that he has been working through personal issues.
“I am sorry that my past has called into question the character or integrity of The New York Giants, Mr. Mara or any of those who have supported me along the way. I have taken measures to get help so that I may be the voice of change, not a statistic. 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. The road to rehabilitation is a journey and a constant modification of a way of life. 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. In the interim, I am cooperating with the Giants and the NFL. Thank you to everyone that has supported me, I will not let you down.”
– Josh Brown
The Giants added Brown’s statement to their own on their website, but left out the denial of abuse.
Brown had been placed on the Commissioner’s List, which removes players from the field but often keeps them regularly paid. The list is only used in “unusual circumstances,” as the NFL Player Personnel Policy Manual describes it. These circumstances are usually an investigation that involves both the league and law enforcement, with a past example being Adrian Peterson and the investigation into him allegedly abusing his children.
We’ll keep you updated as the investigation unfolds.