Josh Brown in statement: ‘I never struck my wife and never would’
Josh Brown released a statement on Tuesday addressing the domestic violence scandal surrounding him. In it, the New York Giants kicker claimed he has never physically abused his 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. I have taken measures to get help so that I may be the voice of change, not a statistic,” he wrote, via ESPN’s Adam Schefter. “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.”
Brown was arrested in May 2015 for domestic violence, but the charge was later dropped. He was suspended for the first game of the 2016 season, and disturbing details of the investigation surrounding the case were recently revealed.
In a letter to friends that Brown allegedly wrote in March 2014, the 37-year-old admitted that he abused his ex-wife Molly “physically, emotionally and verbally.” Similar things were written in a personal journal entry from 2013 that was attributed to Brown.
One report claims the NFL helped Brown’s then-wife change hotel rooms at the 2015 Pro Bowl after an incident between the former couple. You can read more about that here.