Josh Brown's one-game ban is mystifying given alleged details from his ex-wife
The Giants kicker was reportedly suspended for a domestic violence incident in 2015
It wouldn't be the start of an NFL season without some controversy about a player being suspended to start the season and this year we have plenty. One that's flying under the radar is Giants kicker Josh Brown, who was suspended a single game by the NFL on Wednesday.
The league announced Brown was suspended for violating the personal conduct policy but a report from NJ.com indicated it was a result of a 2015 arrest for domestic violence in the state of Washington (an arrest that went largely unnoticed at the time).
The New York Daily News uncovered details of the arrest as well as a 911 call from Brown's wife at the time. Considering how quickly the paper found these details, the length of the suspension is disturbing.
From an incident report with Molly Brown's statement to the police, via the Daily News:
"Molly described in her statement the history of physical violence against her from her husband Joshua," the incident report reads. "Molly stated that Joshua had been physically violent to her on more than 20 different instances over the past several years. She said that Joshua became violent after she became pregnant with their daughter."
These are obviously only allegations, but they are allegations of a repeated pattern of behavior and a very disturbing pattern of behavior.
The Daily News also obtained an interview a detective did with Molly:
The first of those events, she said, came sometime in 2009 when Molly Brown said she was probably between four and six months pregnant. Molly Brown said the couple were fighting, "and there was a box of mail that we had initially were arguing over, I took it, I like threw it off the desk and the papers went everywhere and he -- I remember grabbing my shoulders and like just pushing me into the door."
At one point during the pregnancy, which Molly Brown says was accidental, she said Josh Brown accused her of being a "gold-digger" and accused her of getting pregnant on purpose.
During her call to 911 from the 2015 incident, Molly described being "really scared" and locking herself in the bedroom:
"I got really scared. And I just went and locked myself in my bedroom again," Brown's ex-wife said on the call. "They came last night and they said if anything else happened just to call back and I don't want anything to get any worse."
During her interview, Molly detailed multiple incidents where physical violence allegedly occurred, including Brown threatening to "knock you out" and throwing her down on the floor.
"Molly also said that during a recent trip to Hawaii in April of this year, Joshua got angry in an argument with her and held up his fist like he was going to punch her and said 'I want to knock you out so bad,' " the incident report reads. "Molly further described an incident that occurred in April of 2014, saying that Joshua pushed her into the 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. Molly said this incident caused her pain in her arm and elbow for several months."
Molly, now divorced from Josh, said she called the police "10 times" before the 2015 incident and told them Josh threatened "to kill her four or five times."
Eventually, Molly Brown said she started calling the police and estimated she had called the police 10 times prior to the incident that prompted Josh Brown's arrest in 2015. She estimated that Brown has said he was going to kill her four or five times but added she initially didn't think he meant it but eventually started to take him seriously.
These details, again alleged, are absolutely horrifying. The NFL can't suspend him based on something it has no proof of, but if the Daily News can gather these details in a 48-hour span through some reporters looking for 911 tapes, the NFL should be able to do the same thing, especially if it knew in advance about Brown's arrest.
Furthermore, how can the league impose a new domestic violence policy and hand someone a one-game suspension given these details? There's no video of these details but the circumstances -- an obviously horrible situation with a too-short, tone-deaf suspension -- are remarkably similar to Ray Rice, except there's a clear-cut pattern of alleged behavior here.
Brown never had charges filed because the state decided there was not enough evidence. Giants coach Ben McAdoo said he supports Brown despite the charges and his previous stance against domestic violence.
"We support the league office in their decision and their stance on personal conduct," McAdoo said. "I do support Josh as a man, a father and a player. We treat these situations on a case-by-case basis."
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