The New York Giants announced that they’ve released K Josh Brown on Tuesday.
— New York Giants (@Giants) October 25, 2016
Here’s a statement from Giants president John Mara explaining the decision to cut ties with Brown.
“We believed we did the right thing at every juncture in our relationship with Josh. 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 becoming 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. We have great respect and feel strongly about our support for the good people who work tirelessly and unconditionally to aid the victims of domestic violence and who bring awareness to the issue. We have been partners with My Sisters’ Place (a domestic violence shelter and advocate based in Westchester, New York) for nearly 20 years. The leadership of that organization has provided invaluable insight as we have considered our decisions in this matter. We value and respect their opinion, and we look forward to continuing to work with them in the future.”
Earlier in the day, Brown released a statement apologizing for abusing his ex-wife.
“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. I have taken measures to get help so that I may be the voice of change, not a statistic. It is important to share that I never struck my wife, and never would. Abuse takes many forms, and is not a gray area. Through the past several years I have worked to identify and rectify my own behaviors. The road to rehabilitation is a journey and a constant modification of a way of life. 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. 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.”
Last week, the NFL officially placed Brown on the commissioner’s exempt list and reopened their investigation into Brown’s domestic violence case.
The Giants initially stood by Brown, despite documents obtained by a number of outlets that show Brown admitted to domestic violence involving his ex-wife in letters, emails and a journal.
Both the NFL and the Giants have come under a great deal of criticism for how things have been handled pertaining to Brown’s domestic violence case.
New York has elected to sign former Bears K Robbie Gould to a contract and has flown him to London for their game against the Rams.
Brown, 37, was in the first year of his new two-year, $4 million contract that included $1 million guaranteed. He stands to make a bases salary of $1.225 million for the 2016 season.
In 2016, Brown has appeared in five games for the Giants and converted 11 of 12 field goal attempts (91.7 percent) to go along with all nine extra point tries and 15 touchbacks.
It’s very possible that this is the end of Brown’s NFL career.