ST. LOUIS (KMOX/AP) – Josh Brown is a 14-year veteran in the NFL. He was suspended for the first week of the 2016-17 NFL season, and at first no one knew why because the league called it a violation ‘the league’s personal conduct policy.’
Then, as it always does, the news came out. Brown was physically abusing his wife, admitted it to multiple people, but was still employed. And here are the five worst things about this entire situation:
1) The acts themselves: The King County Sherriff’s Office, who investigated Brown in Washington, released 165 pages of documents, Wednesday. They were turned over to authorities by Brown’s former wife, Molly, after his arrest. She had accused him of more than 20 instances of domestic violence.
A report from Detective Robin Ostrom said Molly’s allegations included that he had slammed her into a large bedroom mirror, breaking it; that he had shoved a chair into her leg, bruising it; and that he damaged a bathroom door when he lost his temper with her older son.
At least 20 times it has happened. Once was this past January during Pro Bowl weekend in Hawaii at a hotel. Which takes me to No. 2.
2) The NFL knew and the Giants knew: When Molly called the front desk of the hotel she said a ‘drunk’ Brown was beating down her hotel room door. Then the ever-gracious NFL actually helped her move rooms — boy aren’t they nice.
And it’s impossible to think there wasn’t a another player in that hotel that night, how could they not be aware of what’s going on?
And what about Brown’s immediate employer, the Giants? Well they also knew about it. Owner John Mara said on Thursday “The whole thing bothered me…Everything we knew carried some weight.”
And he’s known for a while, which takes me to point No. 3 (this things just keeps unraveling doesn’t it).
3) Brown still has a job in the NFL: Mara re-signed Brown to a two-year, $4 million contract in the spring. Then on Thursday he told radio station WFAN New York that Brown “certainly admitted to us that he abused his wife in the past.”
It’s almost too similar to the Ray Rice case. Before there is the physical evidence of a video tape, or in Brown’s case, documented abuse, then it’s too easily looked past. Maybe Brown really undersold the abuse of his wife when he told Mara, but the Giants needed to think more proactively.
Mara was asked “Did you ever try or did the team try to talk to the wife? Or no?” His answer: “No.”
4) The NFL is trying to blame the King County Sheriff: The league gave a statement saying it will re-open the investigation. But one line sounds a little too ‘blame-game’ for my taste: “It is unfortunate that we did not have the benefit or knowledge of these materials at the time.”
The sheriff’s office has come out to bash the league (good for them) saying it had no clue the NFL was trying to contact them. Sheriff John Urquhart said he did receive requests for the documents from a ‘Robert Agnew,’ but says the man never identified himself as a representative of the NFL.
“Robert Agnew, Comcast.net, post office box in Woodinville. We had no idea who this yokel is,” Urquhart said.
Agnew works in Seattle as a ‘security representative for the NFL. In emails to the sheriff office he didn’t identify himself, or even use the acronym ‘NFL.’
Urquhart went on to also call the man a ‘Goofus’ which between that and ‘yokel’ are all-time great insults.
5) Brown won’t be charged legally, so the NFL is his only judge left: The sheriff’s office has stated that Molly will not cooperate with them, so the investigation ended. Prosecutors said they could not secure key testimony from Molly and other key witnesses.
The report also detailed how the wife anguished over whether to move forward with a prosecution, given the effect it could have on her family.
So now NFL commissioner Rodger Goodell is the sole judge, jury and executioner in the case against Brown. Oh jeez.
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