When Giants kicker Josh Brown was suspended one game, no one knew exactly why he was suspended at all.
But after hearing some of the details of the domestic violence incident which triggered the suspension, many people are going to wonder why it wasn’t longer than one game.
According to reports obtained by Seth Walder of the New York Daily News, Brown’s ex-wife told police on the day of his arrest that he had been physically violent with her over 20 times, beginning when she was pregnant with their daughter in 2009.
The information was given to police in 2015, when he was arrested in Washington for domestic violence assault. The state declined to press charges five days later.
But the reports obtained by the Daily News show that police came to their home on two consecutive days. His ex-wife called the day before the first appearance, telling a dispatcher Brown had “gotten in my son’s face,” referring to her 16-year-old son from a previous relationship. During the second 911 call, she said he grabbed her wrist during an argument about money.
“I got really scared. And I just went and locked myself in my bedroom again,” Brown’s ex-wife told the dispatcher. “They came last night and they said if anything else happened just to call back and I don’t want anything to get any worse.”
That was when Brown was arrested, and he initially refused to get out of his chair before cops lifted his arms. He was released on $2,000 bail.
But the incident report showed what his ex-wife described as a pattern of physical and emotional violence, threatening to kill her “four or five times,” along with pushing her to the ground while she was pregnant, accusing her of being a “gold-digger” and getting pregnant on purpose, threatening to punch her and saying ‘I want to knock you out so bad.”
She also mentioned an argument with her son which included the Giants kicker kicking a bathroom door off its hinges.
She also told police she waited so long to call because she was scared, and would call neighbers and friends including former NFL quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and offensive lineman Chris Spencer and their wives to try to calm him down. The couple eventually went to “intensive therapy counseling” for his abusive behavior.
Brown’s repsonse to the Daily News about the arrest was that “It was just a moment.”
When he spoke to reporters previously about his suspension, it was before the details of the incident were published.
While the details in the report are obviously one-sided, and charges were never filed, it’s not hard to recall the initial two-game suspension the league gave Ray Rice for charges of hitting his then-fiance. That, of course, became a four-gamer and led to his eventual release from the Ravens when video of the incident gave the public a graphic depiction of what domestic violence looks like and led to a public outcry. Though that suspension was later overturned in court, Rice hasn’t played since.