By Anthony Caruso III
The New York Giants have released kicker Josh Brown. This was a move that was expected.
Brown was involved in a domestic violence incident with his wife. Last week, new documents came to light, where he said he beat up his wife and said he was a porn addict.
Because of those documents, he wasn’t allowed on the team’s flight to London. They also signed Robbie Gould, a former kicker with the Chicago Bears, to take his spot for the game against the Los Angeles Rams.
Gould will be the Giants kicker for the rest of the season.
Brown was suspended by the National Football League for one game to begin the season. After the new documents came out, he was placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List.
His initial suspension came from an incident on May 22, 2015, where he was arrested for domestic violence in Seattle involving his wife. Those charges were dismissed five days later.
The new documents, which were released by Washington State authorities, showed a history of domestic violence by Brown.
“We believed we did the right thing at every juncture in our relationship with Josh,” John Mara, team president, said. “Our beliefs, our judgments and our decisions were misguided. We accept that responsibility.
“We hope that Josh will continue to dedicate himself to rehabilitation and to become a better person and father. We will continue to support him in his efforts to continue counseling and we hope that Josh and his family can find peace and a positive resolution.”
In five games, the last being Oct. 16 against the Baltimore Ravens, he was 11-of-12 on field goals and a perfect 9-for-9 in extra points. He missed a 50-plus harder against the New Orleans Saints on Sept. 18.
“The road to rehabilitation is a journey and a constant medication on a way of life,” Brown said. “My journey will continue forever as a person determined to leave a positive legacy and I embrace the opportunities to show and speak about what has helped me to be that man. I am sorry that my past has called into question the character or integrity of The New York Giants.
“Mr. Mara or any of those who have supported me along the way. In the coming days and weeks, I plan on telling more of the pain I had caused and the measures taken to get help so I may be the voice of change and not a statistic. In the interim, I am cooperating with the Giants and the NFL. Thank you to everyone that has supported me. I will not let you down.”
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