When the NFL suspended New York Giants kicker Josh Brown one game for his domestic violence arrest, he said the incident was "just a moment." But records show that isn't the case. At all. The NFL will now reopen its investigation into Brown's case.
SNY.tv obtained journals from Brown in addition to emails he sent to his wife and letters he wrote to friends. The materials were turned over to law enforcement in King County, Wash., after Brown was taken into custody in May 2015 and charged with fourth-degree domestic assault. "I have physically, mentally, emotionally and verbally been a repulsive man," Brown wrote in one of his journal entries. Below that, he circled the words, "I have abused my wife."
Brown's ex-wife, Molly, told police the kicker abused her more than 20 times, but the NFL defended its decision in August to only suspend Brown for one game -- even though the league's domestic violence conduct policy calls for a minimum six-game suspension for first-time offenders. The league said it didn't have enough information to "corroborate prior findings."
The Giants also say they knew about Brown's domestic violence history prior to signing him, with owner John Mara telling reporters over the summer that you "rarely have a Ray Rice video."
Despite Mara saying, "We did our homework here, we got as many of the facts and circumstances in front of us as we could and we made a determination based on that," Paul Schwartz of the New York Post reported the Giants had no idea about the documents:
Giants had not seen and WERE NOT aware of the Josh Brown documents that surfaced yesterday. These revelations are new to the Giants.— Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) October 20, 2016
Brown, 37, also explains how he abused his ex-wife in these documents. In a signed "Contract for Change," which the couple presumably drafted in therapy, Brown says he has "physically, verbally, and emotionally" abused Molly. "I have been a liar for most of my life," he wrote. "I objectified women and never really worried about the pain and hurt I caused them. My ability to connect emotionally to other people was zero. My empathy levels were zero."
Brown also fesses to "viewing [himself] as God" and Molly as "my slave." In addition, he calls himself a sex-addicted "deviant."
The NFL released a statement Thursday afternoon regarding the new information:
"NFL investigators made repeated attempts -- both orally and in writing -- to obtain any and all evidence and relevant information in this case from the King County Sheriff’s Office. Each of those requests was denied and the Sheriff’s Office declined to provide any of the requested information, which ultimately limited our ability to fully investigate this matter. We concluded our own investigation, more than a year after the initial incident, based on the facts and evidence available to us at the time and after making exhaustive attempts to obtain information in a timely fashion. It is unfortunate that we did not have the benefit or knowledge of these materials at the time."
In light of the release of these documents yesterday, we will thoroughly review the additional information and determine next steps in the context of the NFL Personal Conduct Policy. We will not be making any comments on potential discipline until that time."
Thursday, Brown was still at Giants practice. The New York Giants haven't commented on these latest findings. In August, Giants head coach Ben McAdoo said he respects Brown as a "man, a father, and a player."