Josh Brown, a 2015 Pro-Bowler, was officially released by the Giants amid his domestic violence charges. There had been reports of over 20 cases of physical violence at him and his wife’s three residencies. However, in May of 2015, he was arrested at his home in Woodinville, Washington under the charge of an alleged assault against his wife.
In the case file, there was a document signed by Brown, his wife Molly Brown, and counselor Jerry Price that stated that Brown had physically, emotionally, and verbally abused his wife. The case was eventually dropped because of insufficient evidence.
Even with the case dropping, the National Football League still suspended Josh Brown for the first game of the 2016 season against the Dallas Cowboys for his arrest.
The standard policy for domestic violence in the NFL is a six-game suspension that can either be elongated or reduced depending on the severity of the charge. The kicker returned to play the five following games after the season opener.
However, he was not allowed to travel with the rest of the team to London following the release of more documents from his arrest, which showed that he had a long history of domestic violence.
Brown was placed on the Commissioner Exempt List just two days after the new information was released. Once a player is put on this list they do not take up a roster spot meaning that the Giants will not have to make a change in the roster to make space for a new kicker.
That being said, Brown had the ability to be at their team’s facility and still got paid his usual salary but could only participate in non-football related activities. Four days after being placed on the Commissioner Exempt List, the Giants released Brown.
“We believed we did the right thing at every juncture in our relationship with Josh,” the Giant’s president John Mara said in a statement about Brown. “Our beliefs, our judgments, and our decisions were misguided. We accept that responsibility.”
In a statement to ESPN, Brown said, “It is important to share that I never struck my wife, and never would.” He also added that he wanted to be a “voice of change, not a statistic.”
Josh Brown had a career high percentage rate of field goals in the 2015 season with 93.8% clearing. He also finished the season 3 for 3 from 50 yards out or more and a career high of 134 points. Brown played every game for the Giants since the 2013 season. The Giants have since replaced him with Robbie Gould.
Josh Brown is now a free agent and can sign with another team but must be removed from the Commissioner Exempt List before officially beginning practices and games. Even though his future in the NFL might be questionable, we do know for sure that Josh Brown has been kicked out of this town.