New York Giants owner John Mara defended the team’s decision to re-sign kicker Josh Brown, saying his club was “comfortable” with the facts in the 2015 domestic violence allegations against Brown.
“All I can tell you is that we’re aware of all the allegations, and I believe all the facts and circumstances, and we were comfortable with our decision to re-sign him, Mara stated on Wednesday.” He also said that “You rarely have a Ray Rice video and that domestic violence is not just black or white.”
The Giants re-signed Brown this offseason to a two-year, $4 million deal.
Mara said it would have been an easy decision not to re-sign Brown, but “I’m trying to be fair to him as well. I think he’s trying to do the right thing. He deserves an opportunity to show that he can do that.”
Domestic violence has been a hot topic of conversation in the NFL since the Ray Rice situation and with players like Greg Hardy. Owners and the league want to take a stand against but then allow players to play in the league with little to no punishment. The only player to receive a real punishment is Rice.
Even though Hardy isn’t playing right now that it’s mostly because of his attitude and part of the reason is the domestic violence issue. Hardy was given a second chance and was only suspend for 4-games after his suspension was reduced from 10-games.
The NFL’s domestic violence policy establishes a six-game baseline for first offenses but allows for aggravating circumstances that can make the suspension longer or mitigating circumstances that can make it shorter.
In most cases the league has reduced or has worked with whomever the player is to reduced the number of games they are suspend. What kind of message does that send?