Giants kicker Josh Brown will not travel with the team to London for Sunday’s game against the Rams amid a new NFL investigation into allegations of domestic violence.
Brown was suspended for the first game of this season for violating a protective order against his wife in 2015. In documents released Wednesday to the media, Brown admitted to being abusive toward his wife, Molly.
“I have physically, mentally, emotionally and verbally been a repulsive man,” Brown wrote in a journal entry. “I have abused my wife.”
Brown was also reportedly abusive toward his wife at the 2015 Pro Bowl and the NFL helped her change hotel rooms. During a radio interview Thursday afternoon with WFAN, Giants owner John Mara said the team was aware that NFL security stepped into to protect Brown’s wife at the Pro Bowl.
The Giants made the decision to leave Brown home shortly before taking off for London on Thursday afternoon.
“In light of the news reports regarding the documents released by the State of Washington yesterday, we think it makes sense to review this newly disclosed information and to revisit this issue following our trip to London,” the team said in a statement. “The Giants do not condone or excuse any form of domestic violence. Josh has acknowledged that he has issues in his life and has been working on these issues through therapy and counseling for a long period of time.”
The NFL announced earlier Thursday that it was reopening its investigation in light of the new information. The allegations are not new, however. Brown’s wife told police in 2015 that he had abused her more than 20 times.