Eli Manning went first.
“No more boys will be boys.”
Troy Vincent, the NFL executive vice president of football operations who as a kid in New Jersey witnessed his mother being the victim of domestic violence in his house, was soon on the screen.
“No more why didn’t she tell anyone.”
Curtis Martin, a Hall of Famer, then came along.
“No more she was drunk.”
Several players and former players later, Manning was back.
He was emphatic.
The NFL put out a series of compelling public service announcements during the 2014 season condemning domestic violence. If only the investigative unit of the $14 billion a year league was half as effective. Why does it feel like the Josh Brown investigation was conducted by Abbott and Costello?
Josh Brown originally given a 1-game ban as NFL mishandles another domestic violence case.
The timing of the PSAs was not hard to figure. Roger Goodell was being relentlessly bashed during the Ray Rice crisis and the league had an image problem and was on the verge of losing major sponsors. So it teamed with “No More,” an organization dedicated to ending domestic violence and sexual assault.
The next set of ads was literally breathtaking.
Players and former players were breathing so heavy they were unable to speak. Cris Carter worked himself into tears. Manning looked distraught. “Domestic violence and sexual assault are hard subjects,” flashed on the screen.
“Help us start the conversation.”
Every time the NFL starts the conversation going in a positive direction by promising zero tolerance, it hits the stop button. Maybe the NFL can’t do the right thing until it has video evidence as if Ray Rice telling Goodell he punched his fiancée needed to confirmed by an instant replay review.
Then Josh Brown gets arrested for domestic violence and the Giants don’t cut him. Instead, a year later, Brown gets a new two-year $4 million contract. The NFL suspends him in August for the first game of the season and it comes out that Molly Brown she’s been victimized by Josh Brown more than 20 times. The Giants still don’t cut him.
All involved hope this goes away. Brown kicks the winning field goal the second week of the season in his first game. He was back three weeks earlier than Tom Brady, whose crime of allegedly assaulting footballs was deemed four times worse than Brown assaulting his wife.
The NFL, as usual, outfits its players in pink in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Of course they care about women. Brown was still kicking for the Giants as recently as six days ago.
Then the bombshell documents were released Wednesday, the Giants don’t take Brown to London on Thursday, the NFL puts him on the commissioner exempt list Friday until it completes its investigation and finally there are reports the Giants are done with Brown and it’s likely he’s done in the NFL.
Back page of the New York Daily News for October 21, 2016
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No More. Indeed.
I’ve been saying since August the Giants should cut Brown. They shouldn’t have hid behind the NFL’s one-game suspension, which was based on its claim that authorities didn’t turn over documents to support a longer punishment.
That’s a disgrace.
The NFL knew enough to give Brown a six-game suspension, which was the standard the league established when it handed out the details of its new personal conduct policy in a slick brochure at a league meeting in Dallas in December of 2014.
“He’s admitted to us that he abused his wife in the past,” John Mara said Thursday on WFAN. “I think what’s a little unclear is the extent of that. What I read about it is obviously disturbing.”
Nothing was unclear. Brown abused his wife. What else did Mara need to know?
“There is no excuse ever for any type of domestic violence,” Mara said.
So, why before Thursday, were the Giants making excuses whey they kept him around?
The King’s County (Wa.) Sheriff in Washington criticized the league for saying his department didn’t cooperate. He even said the league’s request for information came from Robert Agnew, who didn’t have an NFL email address. “We had no idea who this yokel is,” said John Urquhart, the sheriff.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell talks tough but has yet to deliver on his promises.
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According to sources, this is what happened:
Agnew, who is the NFL’s security representative in Seattle, made a public records request. On the application form, it asked if he person requesting is a member of the public, a member of a law enforcement agency, the government or an insurance agency. The form was filled out May 26, 2015, shortly after Brown was arrested. Agnew received email confirmation the same day that his request had been received.
There was no place on the form for him to identify himself as an NFL representative and the next correspondence he received was on Wednesday when all the documents were released. The next step for the NFL involved Deborah Katz, representing an outside firm hired by the NFL, who contacted Molly Brown on June 3, 2015. Molly Brown called authorities instead of talking to Katz, who then received a phone call from the police saying they would offer no assistance. Katz said she would keep in touch.
An associate of Agnew’s also reached out to authorities. Agnew did as well. They got nowhere.
Urquhart said if the NFL had gone through proper disclosure protocol, it would have received more cooperation.
“I would have said exactly the same thing, ‘We cannot release the case file.’ But since this is a hot-button item in the NFL, since it’s the NFL, we probably would have told them orally a little bit more about what we had …” he said. “We’ve got some goofus from Woodinville named Rob Agnew asking for the case file. We have no idea who he is.”
The NFL does not to take on the role of an investigative authority, but if is hitting roadblocks, then find another route. These security people the NFL hires have contacts all over the country. Call in a favor. Get the information.
Goodell is always promising to do better. The Brown case is not a good example.
It can’t happen again.
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