NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Thursday, October 20, 2016, 7:04 PM
A day after released documents revealed Josh Brown admitting to abusing his wife, the Giants elected not to take their kicker with them to London and co-owner John Mara made the stunning statement that Brown had previously admitted his abuse to the team.
“He admitted to us that he’s abused his wife in the past,” Mara said. “And I think what’s a little unclear is the extent of that.”
The NFL has re-opened its investigation and review of Brown’s matter, which had drawn only a one-game suspension for Week 1 from the league previously.
The Giants are reviewing the new information, as well.
Mara stood by his decision in August to continue to employ Brown in a WFAN interview on Thursday afternoon and, after acknowledging that Brown’s publicized journal entries “disturbed” him, made the startling comment about his knowledge of Brown’s past.
That admission was made at least as far back as August, when the team elected to stand by Brown even after the kicker’s wife, Molly Brown, accused him of
New York Giants kicker Josh Brown and wife Molly Brown.
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more than 20 instances of physical abuse.
Brown practiced with the team on Thursday morning prior to the club’s evening flight to London. The kicker did not address the media after his workout, but Mara said he had spoken with him. Shortly after 5 p.m., the team announced Brown would not travel to London for the team’s game against the Rams.
“The short term decision is he’s going to be inactive,” Mara said. “The long term decision is still pending.”
Mara speculated that Brown could end up on the commissioner’s exempt list. The owner added that the team is trying to gather more information and that it could make its own decision about Brown’s long-term status before the league’s re-opened investigation is concluded.
The NFL said in a statement released Thursday afternoon that the league “did not have the benefit or knowledge” of the Josh Brown documents that were made public on Wednesday. But now that the NFL has that information, the league intends to “review the additional information available” and “determine the next steps within the context of the NFL Personal Conduct Policy.”
Josh Brown served a one-game suspension over allegations that he abused his wife.
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Asked if he felt Brown had misled him by not divulging the journal entries made public by the King County (Wa.) Sheriff, Mara said, “I do not. I think he’s attempted to be honest with us.”
Mara added that the journal entries were “brutally honest but nonetheless very disturbing.”
At one point Mara claimed, “There’s no excuse ever for any type of domestic violence,” though that doesn’t appear to reflected in the team’s actions. Mara followed that comment up with, “But I think you have to look at each case individually. You have to try to look at all the circumstances.”
The co-owner also noted that Brown had been “in counseling for a couple of years now and has been diligent about going to counseling. And he’s making a good-faith effort to try and rehabilitate himself.” However, Brown was arrested for domestic violence in May of 2015, violated a protection order in July of 2015.