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Giants Kicker Josh Brown Admits to Domestic Abuse, Will Not Play In London

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Giants Kicker Josh Brown Admits to Domestic Abuse, Will Not Play In London

Police in King County, Washington have released personal emails, journal entries, and letters written by New York Giants Kicker Josh Brown in conjunction with the finalization of a case file concerning a domestic incident between Brown and his now ex-wife.

Brown has not been charged in the May 22, 2015 incident, despite the police at one point recommending two charges of fourth degree domestic assault be filed. The charges were dropped within a week of his initial arrest.

The personal writings of Brown reveal that, among other things, he viewed his wife as “his slave,” he has “physically, mentally, emotionally, and verbally been a repulsive man,” and that, after his wife filed for divorce, he feared “living with the reputation of an abuser.”

At the time of the incident, Brown was only suspended for one game, the season opener, upon the NFL’s completion of their own investigation. Brown was outraged at the suspension at the time, stating that he did not agree with it. The Giants also signed Brown to a 2 year, $4 million deal, with Giants owner John Mara defending the signing at the time:

“We were certainly aware at the time that there were allegations of numerous incidents. Based again on the facts and circumstances, we were comfortable with our decision.”

The Giants announced Thursday shortly after the documents were released that Brown would not travel with the team to it’s upcoming game in London:

“Josh Brown will not travel with the team to London.

In light of the news reports regarding the documents released by the State of Washington yesterday, we think it makes sense to review this newly disclosed information and to revisit this issue following our trip to London.

The Giants do not condone or excuse any form of domestic violence.  Josh has acknowledged that he has issues in his life and has been working on these issues through therapy and counseling for a long period of time.

We remain supportive of Josh and his efforts.”

Owner John Mara has also said that the team is “disturbed” by the revelation, but that it’s “too early to tell” if Brown will remain under contract.

The NFL has also reopened their investigation among heavy criticism of not finding the information in their first sweep, and one would expect a harsh punishment for Brown as the league attempts to reform it’s Player Personal Conduct policy and institute harsher punishments for domestic violence.

We’ll keep you abreast as the story develops.

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