Giants GM Jerry Reese skips Josh Brown questions
EAST RUTHERFORD – Giants general manager Jerry Reese declined to answer questions with respect to kicker Josh Brown during his mid-season news conference Monday afternoon.
Reese was asked several times about Brown, who was released by the team last week due to his admission to physically and emotionally abusing his former wife, Molly.
Brown was being investigated by the NFL under the league’s personal conduct policy for his May 2015 arrest for fourth-degree domestic violence when the Giants opted to re-sign their now-former Pro Bowl kicker to a two-year contract worth $4 million.
Those charges were dropped five days later, but the NFL opted to suspend Brown for the season opener against the Cowboys.
After police documents revealed admissions of repeated domestic abuse two weeks ago, the NFL reopened its case against Brown, placing him on the commissioner’s exempt list. The Giants released Brown last Tuesday with co-owner and team president John Mara admitting that, as a franchise, “Our beliefs, our judgments and our decisions were misguided. We accept that responsibility.”
Monday represented Reese’s first public comments since training camp about the Giants, who bring a 4-3 record into Sunday’s NFC East showdown against the Eagles.
“I’m not taking any questions on Josh Brown,” Reese said. “I wish healing for him and his family and everybody involved.”
When asked why he would not take questions on Brown, Reese replied: “Because I don’t think it makes sense for people to keep talking about that situation right now. I’m not talking about Josh Brown, guys.”
The Giants signed Robbie Gould to replace Brown prior to their 17-10 victory over the Rams in London last week.
“We released a statement afterward, and the statement really said everything about it,” Giants coach Ben McAdoo said after Monday’s practice when he was asked about Brown’s release.
“Not much to add other than we hope Josh and his family find peace. Anything we can do to support that and help it out, we’ll do that.”
The Cowboys lead the NFC East with a 6-1 record. They have not lost since the Giants escaped with a 20-19 triumph in Week 1.
“Division’s close,” Reese said. “Dallas out front, as everybody knows, we’re chasing them. We’ve got a big game coming up this weekend against the Eagles.”