LONDON — A dangerous undercurrent formed in August when Giants co-owner John Mara defended but did not sufficiently explain the team’s re-signing of Josh Brown despite the kicker’s extended domestic violence history.
That undercurrent, a.k.a. underbelly, was full of people behind the scenes and in the media who pushed the assumption that the NFL and Giants must have had some sort of compromising information about victim Molly Brown that they were not making public in the interest of sensitivity and privacy and decency — information that also exonerated Josh.
Both implicitly and directly, these blind defenses of authority portrayed the victim as sharing in the blame and as being unstable.
Meanwhile, the NFL’s one-game suspension slap on Brown’s wrist was rationalized due to Molly Brown’s lack of cooperation, which is especially counterintuitive given that victims of domestic violence often feel pressure or intimidation not to speak for fear of retribution.
But listen to Molly Brown’s reason for not talking to the NFL this past June, straight from the last King County (Wa.) Sheriff Follow-Up Report:
“Molly told me that if it truly was someone from the NFL calling her, she would not trust them to really be having her or her children’s best interest in mind. Molly stated that the NFL would only be looking to bury this whole incident and protect Josh.”
Quite a culture the NFL has on its hands here. Now, imagine how flummoxed both the league and the Giants are over the timing of this latest bombshell that could finally force their hand to do what they should have done months ago.
Josh Brown will not travel to London.
Now, no one is writing about the culture in London, Twickenham Stadium and mates across the pond. Now, everyone is writing about the NFL’s persistent domestic violence problem, and another case of mishandled discipline.
What the Giants and the NFL wouldn’t give for another Odell Beckham-kicking net incident to change the subject from this colossal Brown mess at their feet.
Puts it all in perspective, doesn’t it? There are distractions, and there are disasters.
Beckham may be even more front-and-center on Sunday, actually, if he is needed to kick field goals in front of this international audience with Brown not traveling.
Still, Beckham is no longer the story. Brown, and the mishandling of his case, is.
Don’t forget: This did not arrive at the NFL’s and Giants’ doorstep on Wednesday, when the latest documents including Brown’s admission of guilt were first made public and also first seen, according to both of them, by the league and Giants.
Thursday’s Daily News back page.
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Mara said on Aug. 24 that the Giants were aware of Brown’s 2015 domestic violence arrest and his 20-plus alleged additional incidents, which were first reported by the Daily News, and that the Giants had been “comfortable” re-signing Brown with the knowledge they had accumulated.
There is a confirmed instance of the NFL’s awareness of hotel security relocating Brown’s wife, Molly, to a different room after a visit from Josh on Pro Bowl weekend. Then there is question and answer from that same Mara press conference on the porch of Quest Diagnostics Training Center:
Question: “There was a letter that said that Josh admitted to abuse against his wife. Were you aware of that? Did you look into that?”
Answer: “All I can tell you is that we are aware of all the allegations and, I believe, all of the facts and circumstances and we were comfortable with our decision to re-sign him.”
Now that is uncomfortable.
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