Josh Brown has broken his silence.
In a statement released to ESPN that was part apology and part defense, the Giants kicker claimed he’s never “struck” his ex-wife Molly and asked owner John Mara for forgiveness.
Brown was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list on Friday, meaning he is ineligible to participate in any games or practices. As of early Tuesday afternoon, Brown remained on the Giants roster.
“I am sorry that my past has called into question the character or integrity of The New York Giants, Mr. Mara or any of those who have supported me along the way,” Brown said. “I have taken measures to get help so that I may be the voice of change, not a statistic. It is important to share that I never struck my wife, and never would.
“Abuse takes many forms, and is not a gray area,” the statement continues. “Through the past several years I have worked to identify and rectify my own behaviors. The road to rehabilitation is a journey and a constant modification of a way of life. My journey will continue forever as a person determined to leave a positive legacy and I embrace the opportunities to show and speak about what has helped me to be that man. In the interim, I am cooperating with the Giants and the NFL. Thank you to everyone that has supported me, I will not let you down.”
According to Ben McAdoo, the Giants’ front office met Monday to discuss Brown’s future. McAdoo was not part of the initial discussions, but he said he would join the meetings at some point Monday night or Tuesday morning. Mara admitted last week that he was aware Brown had abused his ex-wife Molly when he signed the kicker to two-year contract this past offseason.
An ESPN report stated the Giants planned on meeting with Brown at some point Tuesday. It’s unclear if that meeting has occurred, or if the conversation prompted Brown’s statement.
Brown was added to the exempt list after the NFL re-opened its investigation into the kicker’s alleged domestic violence history. New documents released Wednesday by Washington police included a journal that allegedly belonged to Brown. In the journal, Brown admitted to abusing his ex-wife.
The documents also contained details of a night at the 2016 Pro Bowl in which Brown allegedly tried to gain entry to Molly Brown’s hotel room. Molly called security and was eventually moved to different room for security.
Brown’s statement includes his first public words since the additional documents were released.
Brown was arrested for suspicion of domestic violence in May of 2015, which led to his one-game suspension at the beginning of the season.
Source: NY Daily News Headlines Sports News