Late last week, the NFL found itself embroiled in the middle of another publicity battle, this time courtesy of revelations of New York Giants kicker Josh Brown’s domestic violence against his ex-wife.
— New York Giants (@Giants) October 25, 2016
The story gained traction after the discovering of a journal of Brown’s that detailed his admission to habitually abusing his then-wife. The controversy that has followed centered around the NFL ignoring Brown’s offenses, despite their knowledge of his issues.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 25, 2016
Brown’s former spouse alleges that not only did the NFL have knowledge of the actions of Brown, but so did his teammates. Brown faced a one-game suspension for an his arrest for domestic violence charges – and the league largely moved on.
Giants have released kicker Josh Brown. Giants’ career over and real chance he never again kicks in NFL.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 25, 2016
The Giants ultimately released Brown, after previously stating they would “not turn our backs on him”.
But the snowball of events has led to massive backlash, and it doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon as the microscope widens onto what the Giants and the league knew and when they knew it.