Jerry Reese: I'm not talking about Josh Brown

Giants GM Jerry Reese refused to discuss his spring re-signing of kicker Josh Brown on Monday after the team resumed practice out of its bye week.

“I’m not taking any questions on Josh Brown,” Reese said of the kicker and admitted domestic abuser whom the Giants finally released last Tuesday. “I wish healing for him and his family and everybody involved. That’s all I’m gonna say about that.”

Reese had the same non-answer for all questions on Brown, the first inquiring whether Reese himself had been aware of Brown’s domestic violence history when he re-signed Brown to a two-year, $4 million contract in April. Monday was the first time Reese spoke to the media since training camp.

Asked how to reconcile his emphasis on character in the organization with Brown’s employment, including for two months following the public August revelations of his domestic violence history, Reese said: “I’m not taking any questions with respect to Josh Brown.”

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When it was pointed out to Reese that he was the person who re-signed Brown, making these questions relevant, Reese bristled: “I’m not taking any questions with respect to Josh Brown, guys. Stop asking. I’m not taking any questions (on that topic) at all.”

Asked why he wouldn’t speak on the matter, Reese said: “Because I don’t think it makes sense for people to keep talking about that situation right now.” He added one final: “I’m not talking about Josh Brown, guys.”

Coach Ben McAdoo was less rattled by the Brown questions but had just as little to say.

“We released a statement afterwards (of the Giants releasing Brown), and the statement really said everything about it,” McAdoo said. “Not much to add other than we hope Josh and his family find peace, and anything we do to support that and help that out, we’ll do that.”

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Josh Brown was finally cut last week after the Giants kept him on the roster amid loud calls for Big Blue to cut the domestic abuser.

Josh Brown was finally cut last week after the Giants kept him on the roster amid loud calls for Big Blue to cut the domestic abuser.

(Kathy Willens/AP)

McAdoo admitted he has spoken to Brown since the team released the kicker. As a rookie head coach handling such a scandal the first seven weeks, it had to feel like a burden being lifted when Brown was cut. But McAdoo said that was not the case.

“I wouldn’t say I feel a burden’s been lifted,” he said. “Obviously no one wants to go through any situation like that. Anything that happens inside or outside the locker room, you take that situation, you handle that situation and you move on.

“I don’t think it’s been a distraction,” McAdoo added.

The Giants of course are trying to move on and not talk about the situation anymore because they mishandled it beyond belief, all the way until co-owner and president John Mara said on the radio on Oct. 20 of Brown: “He admitted to us that he’s abused his wife in the past. And I think what’s a little unclear is the extent of that.”

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The NFL initially suspended Brown for just one game to open this season due to his May 2015 arrest, which was first reported by NJ.com in August. The Daily News then reported that Molly Brown had alleged 20-plus additional incidents in the arrest report, but Mara stood firm that he was “comfortable” with the Giants’ decisions and actions knowing all that had been reported and revealed.

That also included an incident at the Pro Bowl in which Molly Brown had to be relocated to a different room by NFL and hotel security due to Brown’s belligerence.

The NFL then re-opened an investigation and placed Brown on the commissioner’s exempt list after the King County (Wa.) Sherriff released documents in which Brown had admitted to abusing his wife. Mara and the Giants finally then released Brown and released a statement acknowledging how wrong they had been while still defending their inexplicable actions at various junctures.

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