AP source: NFL bans former Giants kicker Josh Brown 6 games

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The NFL suspended former New York Giants kicker and current free agent Josh Brown for six games, a person familiar told The Associated Press on Friday. The decision to extend the ban follows a league review of Brown's repeated abuse of his former wife while they were married.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the NFL had not released its ruling. The person expects the decision to be announced later in the day.

ESPN first reported the suspension, the second handed to Brown for abusing his former wife, Molly.

Brown served a one-game suspension at the start of last season. He was eventually released by the Giants in late October after authorities in Washington state released a report on their investigation into his arrest in 2015. Details in the report angered many because Brown received a suspension of only one game.

Brown's suspension starts this weekend and he is not appealing the new ban because the 38-year-old kicker hopes to play again in the league, the person told the AP. The league has been taking a second look at the accusations since the police report was made public, the person added.

Police did not make evidence available to the league in its first investigation of Brown, who played 14 seasons in the league with five teams.

The person familiar with the matter said the timing of the suspension had nothing to do with Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. The NFL's leading rusher last season is facing a six-game suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy. He is hoping a U.S. District Court judge in Texas will grant a temporary restraining order that would allow him to play this season. Elliott will play in the season opener against the Giants in Dallas.

Brown had acknowledged abusing his former wife.

Appearing on ABC's ''Good Morning America'' after the Giants released him, Brown said his put his hands on his former wife, held her down and kicked furniture. He said he never hit, slapped or choked her.

''Domestic violence is not just physical abuse,'' he said on the show. ''We're talking intimidation and threats, the attempt to control, body language. An abuser is going to abuse to a certain degree to acquire some kind of a reaction.''

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