Domestic violence and the NFL is a combination that happens all too often. Ray Rice and Greg Hardy are two of the most well-known stories of the past couple years. New York Giants kicker Josh Brown has now joined Rice and Hardy for all of the wrong reasons.
According to police reports, Brown admitted to domestic violence in his own personal letters, journals, and emails. In one of the journals obtained, Brown directly said, “I have abused my wife.” Brown then wrote that he had a porn addiction and has been abusive to women since he was seven years old, when he was molested by a neighbor.
It gets worse. Brown thought of himself as “God and that [his wife] was basically his slave.” For those who don’t know, there were domestic abuse allegations that came out about Brown in the offseason, but the Giants decided to sign Brown to a two-year, $4 million contract. So far, the only punishment towards Brown was a one-game suspension without pay, which Brown served during the season opener.
Let me say this. Josh Brown is a good football player. I am a New York Giants fan and Brown is an integral part of the team. Brown is an above average kicker that has been a nice addition to the team since his arrival in 2013. With that being said, Josh Brown needs to immediately be cut from the Giants and the NFL has to suspend him indefinitely. This type of behavior is completely unacceptable and it’s downright sickening. There is no need for that in the NFL and frankly, there is no need for that in this world.
However, why do I have a feeling that nothing is going to change? How many domestic abuse cases are going to happen before the NFL actually does something without being influenced by the public outcry? The common theme seems to be that if there’s no video evidence, the NFL will give you the benefit of the doubt.
Ray Rice knocked his wife out in an elevator and only received a two-game suspension before the NFL finally opened their eyes to the video evidence. Rice was suspended indefinitely and is no longer in the NFL.
In contrast, Greg Hardy beat up, strangled, and threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend. Last year, Hardy received a 10-game suspension that was reduced to four games and Hardy managed to play most of the year with the Cowboys. So since Hardy wasn’t caught on tape, it was ok for him to continue playing? Hardy barely apologized for his actions and actually continued to make jokes about women. Nice one, NFL.
Hey, Roger Goodell: Wake up and do something! In what world is this ok? I don’t care who the player is or when he did it. Put your foot down and take a stand. Stop going after deflated footballs and start removing domestic abusers from the league. Why is this so difficult for you to understand? Brown clearly said he abused his wife. What more do you need?
Sadly, I’m with Richard Deitsch. Nothing will change. I’ll believe it when I see it.