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Giants Kicker Josh Brown Admitted to Physically and Emotionally Abusing His Wife [UPDATE]

Josh Brown wrote in private journals that he looked at himself as God and his wife as his slave.

by Sean Newell
Oct 20 2016, 3:50pm

Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

SNY has obtained journals, emails, and letters to friends that show Giants kicker Josh Brown admitted to physically abusing his wife Molly, "viewed himself as God," and treated her as his "slave." The admissions came from the kicker's own journals and writings, composed throughout the course of counseling sessions. Molly Brown turned them over to police when he was arrested in May 2015 on fourth-degree domestic assault charges. The Kings County Sheriff's department in Washington released the documents yesterday.

Brown admits to both physically and emotionally abusing his wife over a series of documents and claims his issues with women come as a result of having been molested when he was six years old. "My ability to connect emotionally to other people was zero, he wrote. "My empathy levels were zero."

"Because I never handled these underlying issues I became an abuser and hurt Molly physically, emotionally and verbally. I viewed myself as God basically and she was my slave."

In one of the documents, which was apparently signed by both Molly and Josh and called a "Contract for Change" and dated March 28, 2013 -- more than two years before Josh was arrested -- Josh makes it clear exactly how he abused Molly. There are eight items listed in the signed contract, including "I have physically, verbally and emotionally abused my wife Molly," "I have controlled her by making her feel less human than me, and manipulated her with money" and "I have disregarded my step sons' feelings and they have witnessed me abusing their mother."

Brown also admits to being "ashamed and disgraced" about the bruise on Molly's leg from an argument and "the zipper that caught [her] last April."

After becoming aware of the May 2015 incident and the "more than 20" other incidents of violence, the NFL conducted a ten-month investigation, which apparently amounted to calling Molly Brown and local law enforcement officials for 300 days, and not much else. Just before this season began, the NFL released a statement on the investigation, blaming Molly Brown and the local police for not cooperating in their investigation, so they had "insufficient information to corroborate prior allegations."

Josh Brown was suspended for the first game of the season, after which he had the full-throated support of New York Giants owner John Mara and head coach Ben McAdoo who said "I do support Josh as a man, a father, and a player."

Update: As expected, the NFL has released a statement claiming to have never known of this information—even though Molly Brown has claimed the league knew about several other instances of violence against her, including at last year's Pro Bowl—but they will review the new documents and decide on any further punishment when that review is complete.

Update 2: Josh Brown will not be travelling with the team to London tonight for Sunday's game against the Rams.

[SNY]