Did the team’s owner just suggest there’s an acceptable level of domestic violence?
Updated by Jenée Desmond-Harris email@example.com Oct 21, 2016, 2:20p
The owner of the New York Giants admitted Thursday that the team re-signed a player who they knew had abused his wife, reigniting a conversation about how seriously — or not — domestic abuse is taken by the NFL.
The Giants announced that kicker Josh Brown would not join the team on a trip to London this Sunday, after police documents were released in which Brown confessed to abusing his wife.
The documents include Brown’s wife’s allegation that in 2014, Brown “pushed her into a large mirror in their bedroom and then threw her on the floor and jumped on top of her, holding her face down into the carpet.” They also include Brown’s journal entries and emails, where he states, “I have abused my wife,” and, “I viewed myself as God basically and she was my slave.”
His now-ex wife, Molly, told police that Brown was violent toward her on more than 20 separate occasions, including while she was pregnant.
But Giants owner John Mara revealed in an interview with CBS Sports Radio affiliate WFAN that the news wasn’t a surprise to the team, as it was to the public. “He admitted to us he’d abused his wife in the past,” Mara said. “What’s a little unclear is the extent of that.”