NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — With the Josh Brown domestic violence story still developing late Thursday afternoon, Giants co-owner and president John Mara called into Mike Francesa’s WFAN show to discuss the situation.
Minutes earlier, the Giants announced that Brown will not accompany the team to its game Sunday in London. The organization will revisit his status after the trip.READ MORE: Sharee Jones Charged With Arson, Hate Crime After Fire At Brooklyn Yeshiva
“I can’t answer right now what the future holds for him,” Mara said. “I think we need to gather some information and then try to make as intelligent a decision as we can.”
Mara said in August that he was aware of numerous allegations made by Brown’s now-ex-wife, Molly, but that he still felt comfortable with the decision to re-sign the Pro Bowl kicker to a two-year, $4 million contract in April.
“You’re never comfortable with these things, and we were obviously disturbed by it,” Mara said. “But based on what we knew and particularly based on this young man’s attempt to try to rehabilitate himself — which I still believe he’s trying to do and he’s made a good-faith effort as far as I know over the past couple of years — we were comfortable with the decision to continue to employ him.
“I want to get all the information first. … I’m certainly disturbed by what we’ve read. Listen, he’s admitted to us that he’s abused his wife in the past. I think what’s a little unclear is the extent of that.”READ MORE: Thousands Show Up For Event Showcasing Gowanus Artists
Giants coach Ben McAdoo then made his weekly appearance on Francesa’s show and said he just knew “bits and pieces” about the latest revelations and then echoed Mara’s sentiments.
“We decided not to take Josh with us, make sure we get all the facts and do everything right by Josh, the organization and the locker room,” McAdoo said.
McAdoo said he spoke with Brown on Thursday, but he declined to share what was said.
McAdoo said the Giants have not yet signed a kicker to replace Brown against the Rams.
“We’re kicking the tires on a couple of guys,” he said. “And there are some options out there. There are guys who have some experience, who have actually kicked overseas. We’ve been on the phone with them, and we’ll see how it shakes out.”MORE NEWS: Gabby Petito Foundation Holds Fundraiser On Long Island
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