The Giants have announced that kicker Josh Brown will not accompany the team to London for Sunday’s game against the Rams.
The decision comes after the King County, Washington Sheriff released damning documents related to allegations of domestic abuse against Brown by his former wife. Brown, who was arrested on related charges, was suspended one game by the NFL, which said Thursday that it is reopening their investigation because they say they were unaware of the information.
The Giants made a similar claim and cited the new information as the reason for leaving Brown in New Jersey. Brown remains on the roster and, per the statement, continue to support Brown.
“In light of the news reports regarding the documents released by the State of Washington yesterday, 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.”
During a Thursday afternoon appearance on WFAN, Giants owner John Mara said it is “too early to tell” what the team will do regarding Brown’s spot on the roster. The Giants re-signed Brown this offseason and Mara said the team was comfortable with keeping Brown on the team “based on the information we had at the time.” Mara said during the interview that the information they had included NFL security moving Brown’s former wife to a different hotel room after an incident at the Pro Bowl this year and Brown’s own admission of abusing his wife, with Mara adding that they did not know the “extent” of the abuse.