New York Giants kicker Josh Brown released a statement Tuesday morning apologizing to the organization.
Brown, who was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list last week, was remorseful that his actions prompted questions about team owner John Mara’s character. He also emphasized he did not strike his wife in the statement posted by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
“I am sorry that my past has called into question the character or integrity of The New York Giants, Mr. Mara or any of those who have supported me along the way,” Brown said. “I have taken measures to get help so that I may be the voice of change, not a statistic. It is important to share that I never struck my wife, and never would. Abuse takes many forms, and is not a gray area. Through the past several years I have worked to identify and rectify my own behaviors. The road to rehabilitation is a journey and a constant modification of a way of life. My journey will continue forever as a person determined to leave a positive legacy and I embrace the opportunities to show and speak about what has helped me to be that man. In the interim, I am cooperating with the Giants and the NFL. Thank you to everyone that has supported me, I will not let you down.”
Brown was arrested in May 2015 after a domestic violence incident with his wife. He was originally suspended one game by the NFL. Police records revealed even more details about Brown’s abuse in journals and emails written by the kicker.
The Giants signed former Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould last week and Gould made a 29-yard field goal in his debut. It’s uncertain how long Brown will be on the commissioner’s exempt list.