Ray Rice and Greg Hardy are just two examples. The list is already too long.
Domestic violence is a serious societal problem that is being executed in part by NFL players. No one is denying that and this is not an indictment on the violent tendencies of an average NFL player. I cannot make a "blanket statement" that NFL players are violent off the field even if there have been documented cases of violence committed by NFL players. (There are too many accounts of violence from people who are not NFL players)
No, that is a conversation for another day.
This is a realization that my team, the team that I grew up watching, loving and rooting for with all my heart, is no different from any other team in the NFL. The almighty dollar dictates how the most important decisions are made.
The New York Football Giants, a team that in my eye was once synonymous with class, integrity and respect, have lost that in their recent decision to keep their kicker of the past two years. It was clear that they thought Josh Brown was the best kicking option available to them and that if they got rid of him they would be in danger of losing games which would ultimately affect the teams overall value and subsequently, their financial worth.
I'm not writing this post to render judgement on the man that is Josh Brown. There is a whole justice system in place for that. I am in no way condemning the human being that is Josh Brown. This could all be a farce for all I know, there is always an untold story to these things.
This is a statement on how the Giants handled this situation. Up until now they had been that team that would not have stood for this kind of nonsense. They have employed a brand new head coach in Ben McAdoo who publicly denounced domestic violence shortly after he was hired..
The Giants put their foot in their mouth by not cutting Josh Brown, I am sorry but this has me losing a lot of respect for the team. It would be one thing if it was an isolated incident but with his ex-wife reporting that over 20 times Brown assaulted her, the Giants should have had no other option than to cut him and move on.
The NFL is a value based league and certain players have more value than others. There are certainly other options out there. (The Giants signed former Jets kicker Randy Bullock)
The player in question is not Eli Manning or Odell Beckham Jr. Those are guys who are not replaceable.
By taking this stand, they have damaged their reputation and their credibility. I can no longer hold them in high regard as the class of the NFL, because they have an accused wife beater on their roster. This whole thing just makes them look hypocritical. I lost a lot of respect for my favorite team this off season, especially since they have shown little hesitation to cut others with off the field problems in the past. Don't even get me started on the whole Damontre Moore headphones' incident...
Let me reiterate, this is not an indictment on the violence of NFL players, Josh Brown as a person, or how domestic violence is handled by the NFL (poorly) but it is a question of how the Giants handled this situation other than just having Owner John Mara saying they will make a "football decision".
The Giants had a decision to make with keeping or cutting Josh Brown, they made the wrong one.