Josh Brown was a monster, a self-admitted wife-abusing monster, and the NFL and the Giants have some serious explaining to do.
Why didn’t Josh Brown deserve a six-game suspension instead of the one-game suspension he served at the start of this season?
Why did the Giants sign him to a two-year, $4 million contract in the offseason?
“Based on the facts and circumstances we were aware of at that time, we were comfortable with our decision to re-sign him,” Giants co-owner John Mara said in August. “Nothing has happened in the meantime to make us question that decision.”
Until documents were released Wednesday by the Kings County (Wash.) Sheriff’s Office — journal entries from counseling sessions and emails given to police by his now ex-wife, Molly, after Brown was arrested in May 2015 and charged with a fourth-degree domestic violence assault. The charges were dropped five days later.
“I have physically, mentally, emotionally and verbally been a repulsive man,” Brown wrote in one of his journal entries. “I have abused my wife.”
This is far different from his “just a moment” characterization of his arrest.
“I have been a liar for most of my life,” he wrote. “I made selfish decisions to use and abuse women starting at the age of 7 to fill this void. I objectified women and never really worried about the pain and hurt I caused them. My ability to connect emotionally to other people was zero. My empathy levels were zero.
“Because I never handled these underlying issues I became an abuser and hurt Molly physically, emotionally and verbally. I viewed myself as God basically and she was my slave.”
His behavior was a result, he wrote, of being abused as a 6-year-old boy.
His former wife had charged that she had been a victim of domestic violence “more than 20 times.”
Did Brown lie to the Giants and the NFL or hide from them the depths of his depravity?
Did the NFL and Giants truly do their due diligence?
Both were silent on the matter Wednesday night. The Giants declined comment, and the NFL did not respond to a request for one.
Would Mara have decided to bend over backwards to help rehabilitate Brown had he been aware of these disturbing revelations?
According to the NFL’s personal-conduct policy, all first-offense violations “that involve assault, battery, domestic violence, dating violence, child abuse and other forms of family violence, or sexual assault involving physical force or committed against someone incapable of giving consent” will subject offenders “to a baseline suspension without pay of six games.”
The policy, however, allows for “consideration given to any aggravating or mitigating factors,” meaning that the league can decide to hand out shorter or longer suspensions based on the facts of each case.
The NFL, in announcing the suspension in August, stated: “Our investigators had insufficient information to corroborate prior findings. The NFL therefore made a decision based on the evidentiary findings around this one incident [Brown’s arrest] as provided to us by the District Attorney.”
The silence from the NFL, and from the Giants, is deafening.