The New York Giants announced on Tuesday afternoon that they have decided to release kicker Josh Brown. Brown was placed on the Commissioner’s-Exempt list in light of allegations of domestic violence against his wife. Giants president John Mara released the following statement:
“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.”
“We have great respect and feel strongly about our support for the good people who work tirelessly and unconditionally to aid the victims of domestic violence and who bring awareness to the issue. We have been partners with My Sisters’ Place (a domestic violence shelter and advocate based in Westchester, New York) for nearly 20 years. The leadership of that organization has provided invaluable insight as we have considered our decisions in this matter. We value and respect their opinion, and we look forward to continuing to work with them in the future.”
Last week, NFL.com obtained documents from the King County Sheriff’s Office detailing Brown’s 2015 arrest. The documents included a written admittance that Brown had physically, verbally and emotionally abuse his then-wife, Molly. Brown also allegedly violated a restraining order. He was suspended in August for one game for violating the NFL’s conduct policy.
Brown has played 11 seasons in the NFL with the St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks in addition to the Giants.