Giants wait until players leave for bye week to cut Josh Brown

The Giants made sure no players could comment on the team’s decision to cut Josh Brown.

Big Blue held availability in the locker room from roughly 12:15 p.m. to 12:40 p.m. Tuesday, as players prepared to embark on their upcoming bye week. The Giants then announced they’d released Brown just after 2:30 p.m. Players won’t be required to speak again until the team resumes practicing next Monday.

Before the announcement, though, several players were asked about Brown’s extensive domestic violence history and what kind of conversations have gone on among teammates.

“Just understanding all the facts and getting all the information we can,” Victor Cruz said. “Some of us have our opinion on it that I’ll leave in the locker room. So we’ll just leave it at that.”

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When asked for his opinion, Cruz made it clear he was fed up.

“Next question,” Cruz snapped. “You guys have already asked me about that at length. Domestic violence is disgusting. It’s not something that I stand by at all, and I’d prefer it if you guys don’t ask me any more questions about Josh Brown.”

DEC. 18, 2014, FILE PHOTO

The Giants cut Josh Brown on Tuesday.

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Cruz has changed his tone on Brown. He initially voiced his support for the kicker on Thursday after Washington police released a wave of new documents with horrific details of Brown’s domestic violence history.

“Obviously, it is an unfortunate situation for all parties,” Cruz said then. “But as a teammate, I am behind Josh Brown. I just want him to get himself right and make sure that he is able to overcome these things. It is not an easy thing, obviously, involving his personal life. But as an individual, I just want him to overcome and see where it goes.”

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Eli Manning said he wasn’t aware of any developments on Brown’s status with the organization.

“We’ve got to worry about the game,” Manning said. “Our focus is on preparing for the next team, going out there and doing our job. I think the guys have done a good job doing that.”

Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie said he’s texted Brown. At the time, he was unsure if Brown deserved to be cut from the roster.

Victor Cruz has avoided injury in the first seven games of the Giants season.

Victor Cruz has avoided injury in the first seven games of the Giants season.

(Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

“The main thing is you just try to keep focused on football, but that was a brother of ours,” Rodgers-Cromartie said. “You reach out to him individually if you choose to, and you just keep it between y’all.”

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Against all odds, Cruz has enjoyed a setback-free first seven weeks of 2016.

After missing the better part of two seasons because of a devastating knee injury followed by a nagging calf injury, Cruz has silenced his haters this year, cruising through training camp unscathed before partaking in all seven of the Giants’ games so far this season. He’s caught 24 passes for 331 yards and touchdown.

“That vindication definitely feels good,” Cruz said Tuesday. “(But) it means nothing if I don’t play the rest of the season. …I feel like every week I line up and suit up, I’m proving the doubters wrong. And every time I line up and make a play or catch a football or whatever the case may be, I feel like I’m proving people wrong.”

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