The New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL) recently suspended, and then cut, kicker Josh Brown after new information surfaced regarding past allegations of domestic violence made by Brown’s ex-wife.
In May 2015, Brown was arrested and charged with fourth degree assault following an incident with his ex-wife. Afterwards, the NFL suspended Brown for one game due to his violation of the league’s conduct policy. Recently, however, additional documentation came to light via the Washington State King County Sheriff’s Office. As a result of this new information, Brown was immediately placed on paid suspension pending further investigation and later released from his contract with the NY Giants.
According to investigators, Brown previously attended marital counseling. In March 2013, Brown reportedly signed a “Contract for Change,” in which he stipulated that he would try to make things better with his then-wife. In the contract, Brown wrote, “I have physically, verbally and emotionally abused my wife Molly.” The contract further stated that Brown “controlled” his wife by “making her feel less human than me.” Brown also wrote, “I viewed myself as God basically and she was my slave… I carried an overwhelming sense of entitlement because I put money higher than God and I used it as a power tool.” More information indicated that Brown’s wife had told police that she estimated that Brown had gotten physical with her more than 10 times during their marriage. However, it is unclear at this time whether Brown’s ex-wife ever obtained a restraining order against Brown.
This high-profile story of abuse demonstrates that domestic violence can take many forms, ranging from verbal harassment to physical assault. In fact, under New Jersey’s domestic violence laws, specifically the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act, there are 18 different predicate acts that constitute domestic violence: homicide, assault, terroristic threats, kidnapping, criminal restraint, false imprisonment, sexual assault, criminal sexual contact, lewdness, criminal mischief, burglary, criminal trespass, harassment, stalking, criminal coercion, robbery, contempt of a domestic violence order, and any other crime involving risk of death or serious bodily injury. N.J.S.A. 2C:25-19(1) through (18).