New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo and several of his most important players have stepped up in support of the team’s kicker, Josh Brown, whose history of domestic abuse has come to light this week. McAdoo says he respects Brown “as a man, a father and a player” and maintained that that team is "not going to turn our back on Josh.”
Eli Manning called Brown’s behavior a “distraction” and Victor Cruz said he was “behind” the kicker, who has admitted to physical, emotional and psychological abuse of his ex-wife.
“I viewed myself as God basically and she was my slave,” Brown wrote in a 2014 letter that was made public this week.
Not everyone in the NFL’s is on Brown's side. Unsurprising, really, when you read his ex-wife's allegation that he beat her 20 times, including while she was pregnant. But given the support he's seen from his own team, it's good see guys like Ravens receiver Steve Smith Senior call out Brown.
Smith followed up that Tweet with a more detailed explanation of his anger, which included an apology for being extreme. Still, he wasn’t backing down on his broader point, which is partially about Brown’s reprehensible behavior and party about the NFL’s dismissal of it.
And if any other players are thinking about targeting Brown, they might be out of luck. Despite all the support he's gotten in the Giants locker room, there's little chance he's still in the NFL by this time next week.