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Giants Head Coach Ben McAdoo Stands Behind Josh Brown

Published: 21 Oct 2016

The New York Giants organisation continued to emphasise their support for Josh Brown after the police released documents where the kicker admitted to abusive behaviour towards his ex-wife.

Giants Head Coach Ben McAdoo publicly criticised Odell Beckham Jr. last week for his excessive touchdown celebrations, calling his sideline antics an "unnecessary distraction".

McAdoo had also previously expressed that he would be disappointed if any of his players decided to follow the precedent set by Colin Kaepernick to kneel for the national anthem. 

Yet this afternoon, despite stating in January that domestic violence was something he would not tolerate as a Head Coach, McAdoo came out in support of disgraced kicker Josh Brown.

"It was a tough conversation with Josh," McAdoo said. "We're not going to turn our back on Josh. He's our teammate."

The documents released, mainly journal entries and emails written by Brown, were part of an investigation conducted after Brown was arrested for domestic violence in 2015, for which he was later handed a one-game suspension by the NFL.

Within the 165-page document obtained by various media outlets, Brown admitted to physically, verbally and emotionally abusing his then-wife Molly, yet this afternoon, McAdoo re-iterated that he needed to review the case before making any decision on the matter.

The comments come after Giants owner John Mara was intensely scrutinised for defending the player.

Appearing on American radio on Thursday, Mara said: "He admitted to us he'd abused his wife in the past. What's a little unclear is the extent of that." 

The incident represents another example of the league failing to properly deal with the issue of domestic violence within the NFL.

In 2014, Ray Rice was suspended for just the first two games of the NFL season, after footage obtained by TMZ caught Rice knocking his then-fiancée Janay Palmer unconscious in an elevator.

In the same year, former Carolina Panthers defensive end, Greg Hardy, was arrested, charged, and found guilty of two counts of domestic violence, and yet he was allowed to continue playing in the NFL, after an initial ten-game suspension, was reduced to just four by the league.

The NFL have now stated that they will be conducting a new investigation into Brown following the latest set of allegations, with many anticipating that the Giants kicker will be placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List.

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