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The plot thickens on the scandal surrounding New York Giants kicker Josh Brown, how much the powers that be in the NFL knew he’s an abusive, wife-beating sniveling coward and when they knew it.

First, the NFL’s public relations people said they asked the police in King County, Wash. for information and were denied. Which Sheriff Josh Urquhart was not about to take lying down.

“Nowhere on the request does he say that he works for the NFL and so, we don’t know that it’s the NFL and we’re not gonna give it out anyway, so we denied it,” Urquhart said on KIRO in Seattle. “… To our discredit, perhaps, we didn’t use the Google, to Google this guy’s name. Turns out that he is a security representative based in Seattle for the NFL. But he never told us that. The NFL never told us that. At no time has the NFL ever filed a written request – public disclosure request – for any of these files. Period. It’s never happened. …

“I don’t like to get pushed around by a bully,” he added.

And just when I was really starting to feel like Sheriff Urquhart and I were about to become best friends, the NFL fired back. Vice president of communications Natalie Ravitz essentially came out and called my man Urquhart a liar, tweeting out “It was clear we were looking for info for months.”

And that’s where we stand. Exactly two years after Ray Rice, the NFL has gone right back to its domestic violence playbook. Claim you didn’t have enough information. Blame law enforcement. Say the refused to cooperate with you. You did the best you can do. Followed by weeks of more deflection, finger pointing and damage control. Lather, rinse, repeat. Time is a flat circle; everything we’ve ever done or will do, we’re going to do over and over again. Because the people in charge of the NFL are what Bill Belichick would call “error repeaters.”

Like with Ray Rice, all the information anyone needed on Josh Brown was right in the open. The cops had been called on him 20 times. Twenty. At the Pro Bowl last winter, NFL security had to take Mrs. Brown and her children away to basically a panic room for their own safety and not tell Brown where they were being kept safe from him. He violated a restraining order, the legal standard for which is “imminent fear of serious, physical harm.” What did the league or Giants owner John Mara think the danger in these incidents was? That Brown was going to give his wife dirty looks?

It was clear to anyone who wasn’t invested in this scumbag’s ability to put 50-yarders through the uprights that he was regularly, routinely and cruelly onside-kicking her ass. And any attempt to get to the truth was typically half-assed, just like it was with Rice.

Now we are left, once again, to ask why anyone would believe the NFL tells the truth about anything.

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Jerry Thornton

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NBA preseason:
Charlotte at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
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Portland at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College football:
Penn at Yale, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
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College football: San Jose St. at San Diego St., 10:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
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Soccer: Women’s U-17 World Cup, third place, 9:55 a.m. (FS2)
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NHL: Bruins 2, Devils 1
NHL: Canadiens 5, Coyotes 2
NHL: Avalanche 4, Lightning 0
NHL: Penguins 3, Sharks 2
NHL: Capitals 4, Panthers 2
NHL: Ducks 3, Flyers 2
NHL: Hurricanes 4, Flames 2
NHL: Wild 3, Maple Leafs 2
NHL: Oilers 3, Blues 1
NHL: Canucks 2, Sabres 1
NHL: Kings 4, Stars 3
MLB: Cubs 8, Dodgers 4
Packers 26, Bears 10


Josh Brown

Josh Brown

— The Giants traveled to London on Thursday to play the Rams, but kicker Josh Brown was not with them.

The NFL is reopening its investigation into Brown’s domestic abuse after new information was released on Thursday.

In a Thursday interview with WFAN radio’s Mike Francesa, Giants owner John Mara dug himself and the Giants into an even deeper hole trying to explain his support for Brown.

Even though the Giants knew Brown had abused his now-ex-wife Molly, the team still signed him to a new contract last spring.

“He certainly admitted to us that he abused his wife in the past,” Mara said. “What’s a little unclear is the extent of that.”

Mara also said it is “too early to tell” if Brown will remain on the team and the “best course” is to deactivate him for this weekend’s game in London.

“You’re never comfortable about these things and we were obviously disturbed by it, but based on what we knew, we were comfortable with the decision to continue to employ him,” Mara said. “In light of the new facts that have come out we made a decision at least for this week to make him inactive. I can’t answer that right now what the future holds for him, but we need to gather more information and try to make as intelligent of a decision as we can.”

— Many of Brown’s Giants teammates expressed their support for him in light of these heinous revelations.

“Obviously, it is an unfortunate situation for all parties,” wide receiver Victor Cruz said after Thursday’s practice. “But as a teammate, I am behind Josh Brown. I just want him to get himself right and make sure that he is able to overcome these things. It is not an easy thing, obviously, involving his personal life. But as an individual, I just want him to overcome and see where it goes.”

Running back Rashad Jennings said he supports Brown but does not support what he did.

“That’s not anything that we support. Quite frankly, I know Josh well enough to say that’s not anything he supports himself. It’s something he wishes he could rewind the tape with a lot things. Again, I’m speaking from a standpoint [that] I don’t know what was said or done. But I support my teammate and I hope it’s resolved in the right way.”

— Unlike Brown’s teammates, Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith is not supporting Brown.

Smith spoke out on Twitter on Thursday, threatening to hurt Smith for being a domestic abuser.

“You know what if your ex-wife was my daughter yo ASS would be on IR,” Smith tweeted. “What a shame NFL acts like it cares.”

Niners wide receiver Torrey Smith also tweeted his disdain for Brown on Thursday:

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Yeah, it’s all up to the league. I’ve got really no say in anything, so I’m just really focused on what I’ve got to do, and that’s to prepare for the Steelers this week. That’s all really what I’m on to, is the Steelers.” — Rob Gronkowski, on Vontaze Burfict’s fine for unnecessary roughness in the Bengals-Patriots game this past Sunday

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Lucy Burdge
Arcand and Admiral take a deeper look at the NYGiants controversy. The Shield does not look so hot right now.
Arcand and Admiral take a deeper look at the NYGiants controversy. The Shield does not look so hot right now.

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