NFL Responds to King County Sheriff's Comments on Josh Brown Case

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistOctober 21, 2016

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 1: Josh Brown #3 of the New York Giants looks on during the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints defeated the Giants 52-49. (Photo by Rob Leiter via Getty Images)
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King County Sheriff John Urquhart criticized the NFL's efforts to get information regarding New York Giants kicker Josh Brown's domestic violence case. On Friday, a league representative fired back.

In an interview Thursday with KIRO in Seattle (h/t ESPN.com), Urquhart said his office denied the NFL access to records because it wasn't made clear who was seeking the information:

'NFL, National Football League,' he could have [said] any of that. Robert Agnew, Comcast.net, post office box in Woodinville. We had no idea who this yokel is. ...

... Nowhere on the request does he say that he works for the NFL and so, we don't know that it's the NFL and we're not gonna give it out anyway, so we denied it.

NFL Senior Vice President of Communications Natalie Ravitz countered that there should have been no confusion on the sheriff department's part with regard to who wanted the case details:

Natalie Ravitz @NFLNatalie

@mikefreemanNFL 4 different individuals working for NFL contacted the PD, 3 on the phone. It was clear we were looking for info for months

Brown was suspended one game for a dropped 2015 misdemeanor charge against him for domestic violence involving his ex-wife. In documents released Wednesday, however, Brown admitted to wrongdoing, per Bill Pennington of the New York Times.

In response to that revelation, Brown did not travel with the team for its Week 7 game against the Los Angeles Rams in London, and the Giants released the following statement Thursday:

Josh Brown will not travel with the team to London.

In light of the news reports regarding the documents released by the State of Washington yesterday, we think it makes sense to review this newly disclosed information and to revisit this issue following our trip to London.

The Giants do not condone or excuse any form of domestic violence. Josh has acknowledged that he has issues in his life and has been working on these issues through therapy and counseling for a long period of time.  

We remain supportive of Josh and his efforts.

The 37-year-old veteran's long-term future with the team has yet to be addressed, but the Giants signed Robbie Gould to kick in his place Sunday.

The NFL announced Thursday it will review the evidence before determining any potential additional punishment.


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