Brown will not travel with Giants to London amid domestic assault case

By Joe Rodgers 21 October 2016 257
Brown will not travel with Giants to London amid domestic assault case

The New York Giants have confirmed Josh Brown will not travel to London for the team's match against the Los Angeles Rams, after new details emerged regarding a domestic violence case.

On Wednesday, the NFL obtained 165 pages of documents from the King County (Washington) Sheriff's Office, relating to Brown's arrest in May 2015, which did not lead to a prosecution.

According to the league, the material includes "a signed document in which Brown admitted to physically, verbally and emotionally abusing his then-wife". This has prompted the NFL to reopen its investigation into the kicker, who was previously banned for one game at the beginning of the 2016 season.

A statement from the Giants read: "Josh Brown will not travel with the team to London.

"In light of the news reports regarding the documents released by the State of Washington, we think it makes sense to review this newly disclosed information and to revisit this issue following our trip to London.

"The Giants do not condone or excuse any form of domestic violence. Josh has acknowledged that he has issues in his life and has been working on these issues through therapy and counseling for a long period of time.  

"We remain supportive of Josh and his efforts."

An earlier statement from the league read: "NFL investigators made repeated attempts – both orally and in writing – to obtain any and all evidence and relevant information in this case from the King County Sheriff's Office.

"Each of those requests was denied and the Sheriff's Office declined to provide any of the requested information, which ultimately limited our ability to fully investigate this matter.

"We concluded our own investigation, more than a year after the initial incident, based on the facts and evidence available to us at the time and after making exhaustive attempts to obtain information in a timely fashion. It is unfortunate that we did not have the benefit or knowledge of these materials at the time.

"In light of the release of these documents, we will thoroughly review the additional information and determine next steps in the context of the NFL Personal Conduct Policy. We will not be making any comments on potential discipline until that time."

Giants co-owner John Mara told reporters he spoke with Brown "several times" on Thursday. While no determination on Brown's future with the team has been made, Mara did admit the commissioner's exempt list is possible.

"I think he's attempted to be honest with us," Mara said. "I'm certainly disturbed by what I've read. He's admitted he's abused his wife in the past."

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