The NFL suspended New York Giants kicker Josh Brown one game for violation of the league’s personal conduct policy earlier this week, and the reason for Brown’s suspension has recently come to light.
Brown’s suspension stems from a May 2015 arrest after a domestic violence incident with his ex-wife, Molly.
Brown was arrested for domestic violence after a police report suggests he grabbed his ex-wife by the wrist during an argument, leaving a small cut and some bruising. The charges were eventually dropped. ESPN’s Josina Anderson posted an excerpt of the police report Friday afternoon.
“…Molly told me that she and her husband Joshua were in an argument about finances. She said during the argument she went to check what he had been doing on her computer in the office. Molly said that Joshua came into the office and came at her quickly, scaring her. She reached for the phone on the desk and Joshua grabbed her wrist tightly causing her pain and bruising. Molly said she pulled her arm away and ran to her bedroom where she locked the door and called 911. I looked at Molly’s wrist and observed that she had a small abrasion and some bruising that looked like finger marks. I notified Deputy Shears that I had probable cause to arrest Joshua for DV assault.”
The report also states that Brown claimed the incident to be an accident and that he did not have any intent of hurting Molly.
Brown’s ex-wife also told police that the kicker had been violent with her on more than 20 different occasions and that the violence began in 2009 when she was pregnant with their daughter. Molly describes a specific incident in April 2014, when her husband pushed her into a bedroom mirror, threw her on the floor, jumped on her and pinned her face to the carpet.
“While I do not agree with the suspension, I will accept it,” Brown said in a statement released earlier this week. “I have exhausted the appeals process and have no other options along those lines. I will continue to work hard for this team, and I have tremendous confidence in my teammates and in my ability to move on and contribute to the team.”
The NFL released a statement on the matter Friday afternoon.
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Brown will miss the team’s regular-season opener against the Dallas Cowboys Sept. 11. Tom Obarski, a second-year player out of Concordia University-St. Paul (Minn.), is the only other kicker listed on the Giants’ roster.