Josh Brown: ‘I never struck my wife, and never would’

Giants kicker Josh Brown said in a statement Tuesday that he never struck his wife.
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In wake of documents released last week revealing his history of domestic abuse, Giants kicker Josh Brown said in a statement Tuesday that he never struck his ex-wife, Molly.

Brown was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list on Friday, before his release by the Giants on Tuesday.

The NFL has re-opened its investigation into domestic violence allegations against Brown, who served a one-game suspension to open the season stemming from a fourth-degree domestic violence charge in May 2015, which was dropped five days later. Police released personal journal entries in which Brown admitted to abusing his then-wife.

“I am sorry that my past has called into question the character or integrity of The New York Giants, Mr. Mara or any of those who have supported me along the way,” Brown said. “I have taken measures to get help so that I may be the voice of change, not a statistic. It is important to share that I never struck my wife, and never would. Abuse takes many forms, and is not a gray area. Through the past several years I have worked to identify and rectify my own behaviors.

“The road to rehabilitation is a journey and a constant modification of a way of life. My journey will continue forever as a person determined to leave a positive legacy and I embrace the opportunities to show and speak about what has helped me to be that man. In the interim, I am cooperating with the Giants and the NFL. Thank you to everyone that has supported me, I will not let you down.”

The Giants said Thursday that they were also not aware of the documents until their release last Wednesday, according to the New York Daily News. The Giants signed Robbie Gould to replace Brown ahead of Sunday’s game.