The ex-wife of New York Giants kicker Josh Brown’s told police last year that Brown had been physically violent with her at least 20 times, and the violence began when the she was pregnant with their daughter, according to an incident report obtained by the New York Daily News.
According to the report, Molly Brown told police on May 22, 2015 that Brown grabbed her wrist during an argument about finances. Brown was arrested that day, but the state of Washington, where the incident occurred, declined to press charges.
“I got really scared. And I just went and locked myself in my bedroom again,” Molly Brown says on the 911 call from that day. “They came last night and they said if anything else happened just to call back and I don’t want anything to get any worse.”
Court documents show that Brown was arrested for fourth-degree assault and released the next day on a $2,000 bail.
The incident report obtained by the paper describes what Molly Brown told authorities when they responded to her call.
"Molly described in her statement the history of physical violence against her from her husband Joshua,” the incident report reads. “Molly stated that Joshua had been physically violent to her on more than 20 different instances over the past several years. She said that Joshua became violent after she became pregnant with their daughter.”
During an interview with authorities on May 28, 2015, Molly Brown said that her husband grabbed her shoulders and pushed her into a door while she was between four and six months pregnant.
The report says that the team knew about the arrest, but still signed Brown to a two-year, $4 million contract in April.
Brown, who made 30 of 32 field goals in 2015, has been suspended one game for violating the league’s personal conduct policy and will miss the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 11.
The NFL said in a statement it could not acquire enough evidence during its investigation to levy a longer suspension:
- Scooby Axson