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Mace & Crown | June 25, 2017

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NFL Mishandles Domestic Violence Case

NFL Mishandles Domestic Violence Case
Kevin Washington
Contributing Writer

New York Giants Kicker Josh Brown has come forward and admitted  in detailed documents about how he physically abused his wife. However, the NFL always shies away from making a decision until they have all the details, or the information is released to the public.

Brown wrote in his journal, “I have abused my wife.”

Just look back at the Ray Rice fiasco and how poorly the NFL handled the press. The deciding factor, in Rice’s case, was the video that was released by TMZ, but the NFL had already suspended him similar to how they did Brown. Brown was suspended the first week of NFL season due to a pending investigation but continued to play until this week six.

But the bigger factors are at play here on the NFL part. How long did they know about the documents? Did the NFL overlook the Documents? Or did they just make a call before the real facts came into play? Molly Brown reported being abused by Josh Brown more than twenty times.

In another journal entry, Brown wrote that he has been, “physically, mentally, emotionally and verbally been a repulsive man.”

Domestic violence is a huge problem in the U.S. and the NFL can’t keep dropping the ball on these cases. The bigger questions at play here are on the NFL’s part. How long did they know about the documents? Did the NFL overlook the documents? Or did they just make a call before the real facts came into play? Molly told police that Josh had been physically violent with her more than twenty times in the past couple of years.

When the NFL finally decides to take action in these cases, they seek to place the players on the Exempt List.

The Exempt List punishment really isn’t a punishment, rather a slap on the wrist. The stipulations are you may not attend games or practice but can do non-football activities with the team’s permission. Athletes are still paid their salary. Brown has finally been placed on the list and his NFL career is most likely over. The NFL wonders why their ratings are dropping, but stories like this are a good indication.