On Wednesday afternoon, reports came that the NFL had suspended New York Giants kicker Josh Brown for the first game of the regular season after a violation of the personal conduct policy.
But for hours, the question was, why?
These days, when an athlete gets into trouble, it’s in the news within a few hours of it happening, so Brown’s case is rare.
Turns out, the 37-year-old was arrested for a domestic violence incident in May 2015. According to James Kratch of NJ.com, a police report obtained from the King County (Wash.) Sheriff Department shows that Brown was arrested on May 22, 2015 on a fourth-degree domestic violence charge, a misdemeanor.
Records show that Brown was arrested at the address of the home he shares with his wife; according to police, Brown and the victim quarreled, and Brown grabbed the victim’s wrist while picking up a phone.
The victim called 911, and alleged assault. Police reported that there was redness on the victim’s wrist and “a small cut, possibly from a fingernail.”
Brown was booked into the county jail and released on $2,000 bond. It is unclear what the status of the case is, but the NFL personal conduct policy does not require a conviction for players to be punished.
In a statement released through the Giants, Brown said, “While I do not agree with the suspension, I will accept it. I have exhausted the appeals process and have no other options along those lines. I will continue to work hard for this team, and I have tremendous confidence in my teammates and in my ability to move on and contribute to the team.”
First-year New York coach Ben McAdoo, also via statement, said: “We have been supportive of Josh and will continue to be, but we accept the league’s decision.”
Brown, a 14-year veteran, signed a two-year, $4 million contract with the Giants in April.