this Sept. 29, 2013, file photo, New York Giants
kicker Josh Brown reacts after missing a field goal
during the first half of an NFL football game against
the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas
City, Mo. Brown admitted in journal entries and emails
that he verbally and physically abused his wife,
according to documents that were part of a domestic
violence case obtained by SNY. Team spokesman Corry
Rush declined comment Thursday morning, Oct. 20, 2016,
on the details that emerged from a case in Washington.
Brown was arrested in May 2015 on a domestic violence
allegation but no charges were filed against the
RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Josh Brown's future with the New York
Giants and possibly the NFL is in jeopardy after police
released journal entries and emails in which the
place-kicker admitted that he repeatedly verbally and
physically abused his former wife.
reacted Thursday by re-opening its investigation into a 2015
domestic abuse complaint made by Brown's former wife, though
prosecutors said they were closing the criminal case without
filing charges because they could not secure key testimony
from the woman and other key witnesses. Meanwhile, the
Giants announced before traveling to London that Brown
wouldn't make the trip for a game Sunday against the Los
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.
co-owner John Mara said he was upset the new information
about Brown's history of domestic abuse, adding that he felt
it was in the best interest of the team to leave him home.
want to get all the information we can get," Mara said
in a radio interview with WFAN. "I am certainly
disturbed by what we read. He has admitted to us that he
abused his wife in the past. I think what is a little
unclear is the extent of that, but what we have read about
is obviously disturbing."
former wife, Molly, alleged more than 20 instances of
domestic violence. In a report released by the King County
Sheriff's Office that summarized the allegations, Detective
Robin Ostrom said the allegations included that he had
slammed her into a large bedroom mirror, breaking it; that
he had shoved a chair into her leg, bruising it; and that he
damaged a bathroom door when he lost his temper with her
also detailed how the wife anguished over whether to move
forward with a prosecution, given the effect it could have
on her family.
that the 37-year-old kicker has been undergoing counseling
for years, and that the journals were part of his therapy.
Mara said the team didn't have access to the latest
information when it decided to keep Brown on the roster
after the league announced his suspension in late August.
reached an agreement with former Chicago Bears kicker Robbie
Gould late Thursday, a person with knowledge of the deal
told The Associated Press on Thursday night. Gould, the
Bears' career scoring leader, will join the team in London.
practiced Thursday but was not in the locker room afterward.
suspended for the opening game of the season by the league
for violating its personal conduct policy. The ruling came
after the league investigated his arrest.
investigation, the league said that its investigators made
repeated verbal and written attempts to obtain any and all
evidence and relevant information from the sheriff's office,
but were denied.
sheriff's office released the journals and emails late
Wednesday to several news organizations.
said law enforcement's response limited its investigation.
concluded our own investigation, more than a year after the
initial incident, based on the facts and evidence available
to us at the time and after making exhaustive attempts to
obtain information in a timely fashion," the league
said. "It is unfortunate that we did not have the
benefit or knowledge of these materials at the time."
officials said they would not comment on potential
discipline until it reviews the new information.
prosecutors said in their report to police that they would
not have been able to put forth a viable case without key
testimony from Brown's former wife and other key witnesses,
including her relatives and friends.
have physically, mentally, emotionally and verbally been a
repulsive man," Brown wrote in one journal entry.
"I have abused my wife."
was part of was part of 165 pages of documents that were
turned over to authorities by Brown's former wife.
One of the
documents dated more than two years before Brown's arrest
was called a "Contract for Change" and appeared to
be signed by both the kicker and his former wife.
have controlled her by making her feel less human than me,
and manipulated her with money," said one of the eight
items in the list. "I have disregarded my stepsons'
feelings and they have witnessed me abusing their
In a 2013
email, Brown said he caused his wife to fear him.
the bruise on your leg when we argued ... to the zipper that
caught you last April. I am ashamed and disgraced to call
myself a husband," Brown said.
teammates said they found it tough to talk about the news
before the team announced that he would not be traveling
just want him to get himself right and make sure that he is
able to overcome these things," receiver Victor Cruz
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie said that Brown is one of the
leaders of the team's Bible studies group.
kind of hurtful, but I am here for him, because he helped me
grow a lot, being a man off the field," Rodgers-Cromartie
said. "I learned a lot from him. For what he is going
through, I hurt for him."
one of the top kickers in the NFL. He scored a career-high
134 points last season. He has made 11 of 12 field goal
attempts this season and all eight extra points.