Sheriff John Urquat did not like the narrative the NFL was selling Thursday.
The league said in a statement it repeatedly tried to contact the King County (Wash.) Sheriff’s Office for information about Josh Brown’s domestic violence charge from last year.
Urquhart, a sheriff from that department, said that statement is not 100 percent truthful. In an interview with KIRO 97.3 FM, he said the person emailing them never identified he was with the NFL, and used a personal email address.
“I don’t like to get pushed around by a bully,” Urquhart said via Pro Football Talk. “Nowhere on the request does he say that he works for the NFL and so, we don’t know that it’s the NFL and we’re not gonna give it out anyway, so we denied it.
“To our discredit, perhaps, we didn’t use the Google, to Google this guy’s name. Turns out that he is a security representative based in Seattle for the NFL. But he never told us that. The NFL never told us that. At no time has the NFL ever filed a written request – public disclosure request – for any of these files. Period. It’s never happened.”
Brown was suspended for one game to begin the season for allegations of domestic violence against his ex-wife in 2015. The King County Sheriff’s Office released his journal entries this week, and the league is now reopening its investigation.