New York Giants kicker Josh Brown admitted to physically abusing his wife in letters, emails and personal journal entries entered into police evidence, ESPN reports.
The documents released Wednesday are part of a file compiled by a detective in King County, Wash. after Brown was arrested in May 2015. That arrest, prompted by a 911 call from his wife at the time, resulted in an assault in the fourth degree/domestic violence charge.
The charges were later dropped, but Brown’s ex-wife told police he had been physically violent with her more than 20 times, the New York Daily News reported in August.
One journal entry in the police documents released this week showed Brown wrote: “I have abused my wife,” according to ESPN.
He also said he “had been a liar for most of my life.” In an email cited by ESPN, Brown wrote: “I objectified women and never really worried about the pain and hurt I caused them.”
The NFL suspended Brown for one game without pay in August for violating its personal conduct policy, according to ESPN. The NFL said Thursday it had previously tried to obtain evidence about the incident from the King County Sheriff’s Office but its requests were denied.
“We concluded our own investigation, more than a year after the initial incident, based on the facts and evidence available to us at the time and after making exhaustive attempts to obtain information in a timely fashion. It is unfortunate that we did not have the benefit or knowledge of these materials at the time,” the NFL said in a statement. “In light of the release of these documents yesterday, we will thoroughly review the additional information and determine next steps in the context of the NFL Personal Conduct Policy. We will not be making any comments on potential discipline until that time.”
The Giants said Brown will not travel with the team to London, where they will be facing off with the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.
“In light of the news reports regarding the documents released by the State of Washington yesterday, we think it makes sense to review this newly disclosed information and to revisit this issue following our trip to London,” the team said in a statement. “The Giants do not condone or excuse any form of domestic violence. Josh has acknowledged that he has issues in his life and has been working on these issues through therapy and counseling for a long period of time. We remain supportive of Josh and his efforts.”