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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