On October 19, SNY published a story featuring new, horrific details of the spousal abuse by New York Giants kicker Josh Brown, who was originally suspended one game by the NFL for violating the league's personal conduct policy. The Pro Bowler admitted to "physically, mentally, emotionally, and verbally" abusing his wife, said he viewed himself as "God" and his wife as his "slave," and developed into a sexual deviant who struck fear in her heart and abused her in front of her children.
Before these details were released yesterday, the Giants front office had been openly supportive of their kicker. And while the team claims they were unaware of Brown's journal entries, emails, and letters, they were still aware he was arrested for a domestic incident. They still were aware of court documents in which Brown's wife claims she was physically abused at least 20 times. And, with this knowledge, they still re-signed him to a 2-year, $4 million deal over the summer.
Both the NFL and the Giants could've and should've handled this situation better. The league today claims they made repeated attempts to get this new information from the King County Sheriffs' Office but were denied. Yet regardless of what twisted details were revealed yesterday, the league and team both had the chance to set an example, to practice what the league has been preaching since the Ray Rice incident became national news, and failed to do so. Here are the ways the NFL and Giants messed up the Josh Brown situation.