Giants K Josh Brown to be placed on commissioner's exempt list

Posted October 23, 2016

The NFL took a lot of heat back in August for only suspending New York Giants kicker Josh Brown for just one game for domestic abuse involving his ex-wife, while the Eagles' Lane Johnson was suspended 10 games for ingesting a banned peptide.

"[Brown] admitted to us he'd abused his wife in the past", Giants co-owner John Mara said Thursday during a radio interview with NY station WFAN.

The Giants said they want to review the new information released by King County law enforcement officials in Washington and reach a decision on the kicker's future with the club, possibly next week.

NFL spokeswoman Natalie Ravitz said on Twitter on Friday, however, that "four different individuals working for the NFL" contacted the King County police seeking information during the league's investigation and were denied access to the evidence. But Urquhart said that he didn't know another member of NFL security had requested the documents because that person didn't mention in the requests he worked for the league. Brown was arrested in May 2015 on a domestic violence allegation but no charges were filed against the 37-year-old player.

The NFL informed Brown on Friday that, "pursuant to the Personal Conduct Policy", he has been placed on the commissioner's exempt list, "on a limited and temporary basis to permit the league fully to review the materials and determine whether further action is necessary". The new evidence was in the form of journal entries from Brown who admitted to abusing his now ex-wife, Molly Brown. In light of these documents, the Giants, who had previously stood behind Brown, chose to leave him home from their trip to London to play the Los Angeles Rams this weekend, signing Robbie Gould to take his place. "Turns out, he is a security representative based in Seattle for the NFL".

It was all something the Giants - and likely the league - knew about given all the facts that were in front of them when they chose to arrest him in the first place. "I think what's not clear is the extent of that". "Each of those requests was denied and the Sheriff's Office declined to provide any of the requested information, which ultimately limited our ability to fully investigate this matter", the National Football League said in a statement.

Now, less than halfway through the current season, it's happening again: The league's methods for dealing with domestic violence by its players - toughened because of Rice - are being called into question. Asked whether Brown can expect further punishment, Goodell told BBC Sport, "The policy the way it's structured right now is for an incident". I can't give you specifics, but I would be very careful with this case.

Katz provided a phone number that didn't match the one on the caller ID, Brown wrote.

Brown played for the Seahawks from 2003-2007.