Former St. Louis Rams Kicker Suspended

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — New York Giants kicker Josh Brown says an arrest on a domestic violence charge in May 2015 led to his one-game suspension by the NFL for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

Speaking after practice on Thursday, the 37-year-old Brown said the woman whose wrist he grabbed in Woodinville, Wash. during a disagreement was his wife. He said the couple has since divorced.

Brown said the case was dismissed by the King County Prosecutor’s office five days after his arrest for fourth-degree domestic violence.

A spokesman for the prosecutor said in an email to The Associated Press that no charge was filed because of insufficient evidence.

“It’s not something that you want, and like I said, my main concern is my kids,” Brown said. “That’s the last thing you ever want to be on the internet, that they would read or their friends would read and the way that they would be approached at school and how they’re looked upon. Is it good? No, it’s not.”

Brown said he told the Giants immediately after his arrest, and the team informed the league.

He was notified of his suspension in June. He appealed because he was not charged, but it was rejected. The league announced the suspension Wednesday.

our earlier story:

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The NFL has suspended New York Giants kicker Josh Brown for one game for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

The league and the Giants announced the suspension on Wednesday without disclosing the violation.

“While I do not agree with the suspension, I will accept it,” Brown said in a statement released by the team. “I have exhausted the appeals process and have no other options along those lines. I will continue to work hard for this team, and I have tremendous confidence in my teammates and in my ability to move on and contribute to the team.”

Brown will miss the Giants’ regular-season opener against Dallas on Sept. 11. He will be eligible to return to the active roster the following day.

The 37-year-old, who scored a career high 134 points last season, is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games.

The Giants have had two kickers since training camp opened. Tom Obarski is the other. He was in the Cincinnati Bengals training camp last year and was waived before the season. He played in college at Concordia-St. Paul, kicking 44 field goals, including a school-record 59-yarder.

“We have been supportive of Josh and will continue to be, but we accept the league’s decision,” coach Ben McAdoo said.

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