John Mara on Josh Brown: Our decisions were misguided

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The Giants released kicker Josh Brown on Tuesday, several days after the NFL placed Brown on the Commissioner’s-Exempt list in the wake of the release of documents from police in Washington detailing Brown’s abuse of his then-wife and several months after the team re-signed Brown despite the kicker telling them that he had been abusive.

Giants owner John Mara said last week that the team was not aware of the “extent” of the abuse when they opted to bring Brown back to the roster. In a statement accompanying the announcement of Brown’s release, Mara called that decision “misguided.”

“We believed we did the right thing at every juncture in our relationship with Josh,” Mara said. “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.”

The team also included a statement from Brown that featured much of the language he used in a statement released through Adam Schefter of ESPN earlier in the day. One notable change is that Brown’s first statement included his belief that it was “important to share that I never struck my wife” and the one released through the Giants makes no such equivocation from a man who wrote that he “physically, verbally and emotionally abused my wife.”

76 responses to “John Mara on Josh Brown: Our decisions were misguided

  1. .
    At the same time that Mara was campaigning for Tom Brady’s four game suspension to be upheld, he was resigning Brown.

    Maybe you’re misguided on many things, Mr Mara? Maybe you’re a phoney and a hypocrite?
    .

  2. This shows the NFL’s true colors specifically the Giants. This team should be embarrassed. Remember the rule if you have 4 players suspended in 1 year you are fined? It should be applied if you have a player on the exempt list and only cut him because people are mad not because you think it’s the right thing. Mara should be ashamed.

  3. Translation: “I should have had my shill Goodell suspend him a few more games so you idiot fans wouldn’t have cared as much. He’s a kicker and i thought none of you would jave noticed. Dammit, he was a good kicker and we needed him.”

  4. “Misguided” because you didn’t do your homework, didn’t ask for information through the proper channels, trusted the League was going to do their due diligence, and trusted the words of the abuser. Shame on both of you.

  5. Such BS. Mara and Goodell are frauds. Mara led the Deflategate witch hunt and the salary cap witch hunt.

    Goodell could have used Article 46 to compel Brown to give a full and complete interview, just like he did with Brady, James Harrison and Clay Matthews. Mara, like Peyton Manning, is a favorite of the Commissioner so it was swept under the rug.

    The league is a joke. How Goodell has a job is beyond comprehension.

    The Giants should be fined and docked draft picks for conduct detrimental to the game.

  6. “You know, we needed a kicker. Didn’t seem to be any other decent ones out there we could get on short notice. So it made sense to conceal his many years long history of domestic abuse so we could win a couple more games than we otherwise might this season.”

    Mara you are complicit in domestic violence at this point. In some ways just as vile as Brown is himself.

    If the league office really had “integrity” they would punish owners that helped conceal domestic violence in the name of winning on the field. He should be heavily fined.

  7. NFL …..National Football Lawyers…. always crafting to deceive the paying customer …in the name of integrity.
    Every morning I awake hoping to learn Goodell has been fired….end our national nightmare.

  8. “not aware of the “extent” of the abuse”

    So there was a threshold that was considered allowable abuse??? Keep digging that hole Mara, make sure it’s big enough for you and Roger to fit in.

  9. The Gianst have been cheating with Goodell for a decade.

    Who knows, maybe it was Mara who dropped the lie about a mystery SB 36 Walkthrough tape which was debunked, but had proven to sufficiently distract the Pats on the even of SB 42?

    This corruption has got to stop!

  10. We will now bow at the alter of political correctness and fall on our sword to appease the ‘outraged’ media and the angry twitter mob.

    And we will punish the victim be removing her only source of income! HAHAHA

  11. What Mara did, unlike deflategate, actually DID harm the “integrity” of the game. So now it will be very interesting to see what punishment, if any, Fraudell hands out to the Giants for their blunder after their “thorough investigation” is completed

  12. I am trying to wrap my head around the idea that a kicker would be so full of himself that he thought he could treat his wife that way.

    Yes, I know abuse isn’t limited to rich asshats, but then I don’t understand how any real man would treat his wife in such a manner, that if any another man treated his wife that same way, he wouldn’t kick some ass.

  13. Considering Mara helped commit consumer fraud with Goodell and the other owners involved with both Spygate (a lie – Please see all former NFL coaches (without agendas) on the matter for proof), this is just too rich to read.

    I have said this for over 10 years:

    1 set of rules for 31 NFL teams

    1 special set for the New England Patriots

    Follow the money, folks!

    Do you see other sports leagues behaving in this fashion?

  14. Isn’t this about the time (and I’m not in favor of), because of the public outrage that the politicians start some type of committee hearings?

    As much as i detest government meddling, I think that’s the only way to force the NFL to get it’s “house in order”!!

  15. Total Elitest scum! ” Old money” like the Mara’s are not to be dealt with same as the “Noveau Rich” like Kraft,,,God I wish this league would fold even if my Patriots have to die along with it! This is the same attitude the the politicians and the power brokers, we are the suckers and we will scramble for whatever crumbs they want to give us… I hate the Giants and it is not bc of two lucky catches!

  16. The real question is how an NFL investigation cannot be aware of the extent of the abuse. Did they even interview Brown? Did they compel him to provide his cell phone? Sure seems like there were other options available while waiting for the sheriff.

  17. I’m a Giants fan and until this season I’ve always thought we were a ‘classy’ organisation. Well that label is long gone after this shambles. Protecting a wife beater for 7 weeks – shameful.

    Disappointed doesn’t even cut it.

  18. No matter who it is or what position they play, no one should get a pass for abusing someone else. However, the Giants went through all this trouble for a kicker. Kickers are a meaningful part of football, but you could of had Robbie Gould, who had been one of the better kickers in the league. I know they have Gould now, but it light of what we know now, it should of been him at the start of the season.

  19. So the extent to which Mara’s decisions were misguided are the extent of the beatings Brown inflicted on his ex-wife?

    The league, i.e. Godell went along with a one game suspension based on what?

    EXTENT is the new INTEGRITY???

  20. Somebody get me some god damn talking points!

    Say “our decisions were mis guided” instead of “were an attempt to save a damn good kicker”
    Say “we believed we did the right thing” instead of “we knew what we were doing when we ignored the facts”
    Say “we’ll continue to support Josh” instead of “we have cut our losses by cutting what’s his name the wife beater”
    Say ” we accept responsibility” instead of ” we tried to get away with it but got caught”

  21. Mara is trash. He’s a spoiled little brat who inherited all his wealth, a multibillion dollar asset named the NY Giants.

    It’s clear he and his pawn Goddell conspired to bury the severity of a serious domestic violence situation, all so that his precious little PK could serve the smallest suspension possible. It’s time for Goodell to finally grow a pair and demonstrate to tens of millions of fans of the the league that the league isn’t rigged favoring one owner’s team. It’s time to finally hit Mara with the only thing he understands:

    1) Forfeit draft picks
    2) Reduction in salary cap
    3) Mara’s son should be prevented from attending Broadway musicals for no less than a year

    #TheSystemIsRigged
    #DrainTheSwamp

  22. patfanken says:
    Oct 25, 2016 3:30 PM
    What Mara did, unlike deflategate, actually DID harm the “integrity” of the game. So now it will be very interesting to see what punishment, if any, Fraudell hands out to the Giants for their blunder after their “thorough investigation” is completed
    _____________

    Punishment? It was the NFL’s investigation, do you think fRoger is going to punish himself too? The next time the league admits it dropped the ball will be the first. I am Giants fan of over 50 years and am thoroughly disgusted with Mara. I didn’t think my opinion of him could get any lower, I was wrong. The Duke must be spinning in his grave

  23. This inept attempt at an investigation, sound like Ray Rice 2.0. If you can’t conduct a competent investigation, why not hire a contractor or private investigator?
    It’s incredible, when you have so many people making $1 million, or more per month, and can’t do anything right. Stupidity reigns supreme!!!!!!

  24. The bad guy here was Josh Brown, not John Mara. No wonder so many people are getting abused these days. We blame the wrong people. How about holding someone accountable for their own actions? John Mara didn’t hurt anyone.

  25. Stop with the hate of the Mara family
    They cut the guy last week they were a tad bit busy getting ready for the Europe trip which is a major undertaking
    The team did the right thing

    For all of you clowns who hate the Mara’s you should thank god for them or the NFL would have maybe 12 teams

    When old man Mara created the TV split deal that was a big win for all of you fly over states he helped create the NFL as it stands today

    He did that at a huge cost to the Giants

    We have 4 SB and most of you cry babies do not have one

  26. Our beliefs, our judgments and our decisions were misguided
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    Mara must have followed his heart

  27. The bad guy here was Josh Brown, not John Mara.
    —————
    Agreed. Mara is the crooked one.

  28. tonebones says:
    Oct 25, 2016 5:45 PM

    The bad guy here was Josh Brown, not John Mara. No wonder so many people are getting abused these days. We blame the wrong people. How about holding someone accountable for their own actions? John Mara didn’t hurt anyone.
    —————————

    We’re holding John Mara responsible for his action of not holding Josh Brown accountable for his actions.

  29. bigbluefan1 says:
    Oct 25, 2016 6:03 PM

    Stop with the hate of the Mara family
    They cut the guy last week they were a tad bit busy getting ready for the Europe trip which is a major undertaking
    The team did the right thing
    ————————–

    No one hates the Mara family. Kate and Rooney are alright in my book.

    John Mara did the only thing he could after having done the wrong thing by signing that guy.

    Brown would still be playing if there hadn’t been such an outpouring of disgust.

  30. The following is an excerpt from a letter sent to all owners in August of 2014. Make your own determinations about how this has worked out.

    “Finally, and consistent with our Personal Conduct Policy, our own response to domestic violence or sexual assault incidents by NFL personnel will include new elements of evaluation, treatment and family support, as well as enhanced discipline. We will address these issues fairly and thoughtfully, respecting the rights of all involved and giving proper deference to law enforcement and the courts. If someone is charged with domestic violence or sexual assault, there will be a mandatory evaluation and, where professionally indicated, counseling or other specialized services. Effective immediately, violations of the Personal Conduct Policy regarding assault, battery, domestic violence or sexual assault that involve physical force will be subject to a suspension without pay of six games for a first offense, with consideration given to mitigating factors, as well as a longer suspension when circumstances warrant. Among the circumstances that would merit a more severe penalty would be a prior incident before joining the NFL, or violence involving a weapon, choking, repeated striking, or when the act is committed against a pregnant woman or in the presence of a child. A second offense will result in banishment from the NFL; while an individual may petition for reinstatement after one year, there will be no presumption or assurance that the petition will be granted. These disciplinary standards will apply to all NFL personnel.”

  31. i love how aqib talib committed violence against himself with a weapon and nothing has happened

    or jason wolfe knocked someone unconscious at a bar this offseason with no punishment

    the way goodell applies certain rules to certai teams or completely makes up things that don’t make sense against the pats, is very disturbing

    the corruption on park ave is disgusting

  32. onebones says:
    Oct 25, 2016 5:45 PM

    The bad guy here was Josh Brown, not John Mara. No wonder so many people are getting abused these days. We blame the wrong people. How about holding someone accountable for their own actions? John Mara didn’t hurt anyone.
    ____________________

    The problem here is that Mara knew what was going on and still signed this guy. Then he hid the facts. The NFL dropped the ball on it’s own policy of a zero tolerance penalty and 6 game suspension. People are not blaming Mara for Brown beating his wife, they are blaming him for looking the other way.

    The proper way of handling this would have been to suspend Brown for 6 games and made it mandatory he get treatment in which the NFL gets communication from the therapist. Based on the results, Brown would either be reinstated with on going treatment or cut loose. This therapy should also be extended to the family so they can put their lives back together and move on from the broken relationship. Wow, see how easy that was??? According to Roger and Mara it’s just easier to sweep it under the rug…

  33. Misguided ? Voting for Donald Trump would be misguided. The fact that he told you he abused his wife is being totally ignorant. Did Brown he tell him that he just slapped her on the wrist ? Gimme a break Mr. Mara.

  34. Misguided – now there’s an interesting word choice. One definition by Webster is “having improper values.”
    And Mara assumes all responsibility. Fair enough.
    Sean Payton was given a one year suspension WITH the admonishment that ignorance was not an excuse. Ok, so that’s a bar we can start with.
    The Patriots were given a $1 million dollar fine and lost two draft selections because it was “more probable than not” that Brady was “generally aware” even though the NFL admitted in court they had no evidence against him. Ultimately Goodell changed the stance to “conduct detrimental” for having destroyed evidence of a non crime.
    In this case, Mara was the actual author of the new and much stronger policy against domestic violence and other forms of abuse, which was published prior to Mara signing Josh Brown.
    So with those types of penalities imposed on others who have still not been proved to have participated in what they were charged with, what do you do with a person who admits to knowingly operating his team with improper values aka knew Josh Brown didn’t meet the current standard of employment of the NFL but signed him anyway, assumes full responsibility, has obviously engaged in conduct detrimental to the NFL and in which it can clearly be argued that the sole purpose was to maintain a competitive advantage for the team and interfered with the NFL investigation by withholding information that again Mara admits he was privy to.
    So what is a reasonable penalty for that?
    Based on precedent, you simply can’t start at anything lower than a $100 million fine for Mara. Still a drop in the bucket for a man of his means but there has to be a cap of some sort. He should be banned from all NFL committee and Giants ownership issues for a minimum of 5 years. The team should also be fined $5 million dollars and lose at least 3 first round draft choices because it was wilful intent.
    At the NFL Executive office level, of course Goodell must be fired. The owners have to see that there is now an inflection point in the growth of their franchises that will result in a lower value if they don’t take action soon.
    And if what some of you Giants fans say of father Wellington Mara is true, he would also strip his son of all ownership of the Giants in order to cleanse the stench his son has brought on the team.

  35. bigbluefan1 says:
    Oct 25, 2016 6:03 PM

    Stop with the hate of the Mara family
    They cut the guy last week they were a tad bit busy getting ready for the Europe trip which is a major undertaking
    The team did the right thing

    For all of you clowns who hate the Mara’s you should thank god for them or the NFL would have maybe 12 teams

    When old man Mara created the TV split deal that was a big win for all of you fly over states he helped create the NFL as it stands today

    He did that at a huge cost to the Giants

    We have 4 SB and most of you cry babies do not have one
    —————————————————–
    Second time you got this wrong. Pete Rozelle rammed that through, not Mara. Rozelle knew for the league to survive small market teams needed to be able to compete with larger markets. At the time games were being played in half empty stadiums and was nowhere near the popularity it has today. Roselle saved Mara from himself. Ironically Jerry Jones is pushing hard to stop revenue sharing which in the shaky state the NFL finds itself today would mean the demise of more than a few NFL franchises. Greed will bring down the NFL as sure as brain trauma and mother’s not allowing their son’s to play the game will. As for having 4 SB’s how is that relevant? Does that make you right? If so my team has 4 too. We both right? For once stop acting like a New Yorker and admit Mara was wrong in this case and he eventually got it right but not until he made himself look very, very bad.

  36. ebdug says:
    Oct 25, 2016 3:44 PM

    Give Mara a break. He didn’t know the document would get out when he signed Brown.

    ————

    Exactly, though I’m sure that he was “more probable than not” aware of some kind of abuse after the pro-bowl incident, right?

  37. Tylawpick6

    You are still mad about SB46? You’re telling me Eli beat the patriots because of a video “rumor” in the media?

    You sound like an angry teenager on this thread.

  38. 12coltsfan12 says:
    Oct 25, 2016 3:14 PM
    MISGUIDED??

    No, you lied through your teeth and got caught.

    they should lose 2 1st rounders
    ————

    Says the whining Colts fan. The NFL wouldn’t discipline the Giants for using the same information the NFL had. Weak.

  39. I’m an Eagles fan, so I have no love for the Giants. That said, Mara has always seemed to be a stand-up guy to me. I’m not sure what the source of the pile-on with the organization is. They had a kicker where there were some accusations. The documentation they had didn’t indicate anything conclusively, nor the extent of what had obviously happened. Now, we can fault the NFL for not aggressively going after it…that’s fine. But it seems to me that once the Giants became aware of exactly what Brown had admitted to doing, they released him and admitted they were wrong. Fault the NFL, not the Giants.

  40. NFL has zero integrity. Bottom line is ALL that matters. If you want the NFL to change their stripes, you’ve got take action. Simply don’t watch the NFL games folks. They are a waste of time and it will hit the owners in their pocketbook. I’ve stopped watching since 2014 and haven’t missed it for one second.

  41. Not condoning what happened, but I think they did the best with what they had at the time. They only had his word to go off of.
    No charges were filed
    Ex-wife wouldn’t talk
    NFL didn’t investigate to the fullest
    Police took 14 months to rap up the case
    Police admittedly withheld 165 pages of documentation

    Also, Redskins and Cowboys fans, please stop whining about him coming after you for cheating the salary cap. You forget all the other owners had to vote to penalize them (which passed 29-0, btw).
    The deflategate whiners… you’re probably right.

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