Can his New York Giants teammates support Josh Brown even if they don’t support or agree with his actions? Victor Cruz thinks so, and the Pro Bowl wide receiver is not happy with the way his remarks have been construed in the media.
Just hours after being quoted by Dan Duggan of NJ.com as saying he’s “behind Josh Brown,” Cruz released a statement clarifying his position on the kicker’s domestic violence confessions that came to light on Thursday. Spoiler alert: He’s not in favor of domestic violence or anybody committing acts of domestic violence.
“Let’s be clear: I never said I stood behind Josh Brown’s actions. What he admitted to is wrong and I do not stand behind domestic abuse in the least bit. As a teammate that’s all I know of him, teammate. His personal life is exactly that and I stand far away from getting into that.”
Reading Cruz’s original comments, it’s apparent Cruz never supported Brown’s actions. What the seventh-year veteran actually said was he wanted to see a teammate “get himself right” and hoped he would “overcome and see where it does.”
There’s absolutely nothing at all unreasonable or even controversial about what Cruz said, although he seemed to feel the media sensationalized those quotes in response to a commenter. Duggan’s story doesn’t appear to make more of the wideout’s words than they are, although the headline suggests Giants teammates are “defending” Brown.
Defending is a bit strong. Cruz and Brown have been teammates since 2013 and have no doubt established some sort of professional relationship, if not a friendship. The news of Brown’s confessions was no doubt shocking to everybody inside the locker room, but they still know Brown as a person and want to see him get the help he needs.