NFL’s Giants Release Kicker Brown in Wife-Beating Case

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The New York Giants released kicker Josh Brown yesterday, a week after the public release of documents that showed him admitting to beating his then-wife last year, reports the Huffington Post. “We believed we did the right thing at every juncture in our relationship with Josh,” said team president John Mara. “Our beliefs, our judgments and our decisions were misguided. We accept that responsibility.”

Brown served a one-game suspension for the Giants’ 2016 season opener as a result of his arrest last May on domestic violence charges. The charges were later dismissed. Last week, NFL.com published a story based on 165 pages of documents resulting from Brown’s arrest, in which Brown admitted he physically, verbally, and emotionally abused Molly Brown, who told police Brown had physically abused her 20 times, including while she was pregnant. The couple has since filed for divorce. The league faced criticism from police over its initial handling of the case. Brown told ESPN,  “It is important to share that I never struck my wife, and never would. Abuse takes many forms, and is not a gray area.”

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