New York Giants kicker Josh Brown was placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt list last week due to allegations of domestic violence against his wife. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Monday that Brown will not appeal the league’s decision to place him on the list, and the kicker issued this statement on Tuesday (via Schefter):
“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.”
Brown is still being paid by the Giants despite having been placed on the list, but the team could still cut him. Should they choose to cut him, though, they could face a grievance by punishing him for a second time for off-field conduct. Last year, the Baltimore Ravens settled a wrongful termination grievance with Ray Rice when they released him in the midst of domestic abuse allegations in 2014.