Josh Brown Placed on Commissioner's Exempt List

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured Columnist

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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New York Giants kicker Josh Brown was placed on the commissioner's exempt list on Oct. 21 after he admitted to domestic abuse against his ex-wife, Molly Brown.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen first reported that Brown was going to be placed on the commissioner's exempt list and will not play for the Giants again.

Albert Breer of The MMQB tweeted out the letter Brown received from the NFL informing him he was placed on the exempt list:

Albert Breer @AlbertBreer

Here's the letter the NFL sent to Josh Brown to inform him he's been added to the commissioner's exempt list. https://t.co/Uwz2kHgln0

Adam Schefter of ESPN provided a statement from the NFLPA: "The NFL has the ability to place a player on the exempt list and the player has the right to appeal that decision, if he chooses. The League office wanted unilateral control of this process and accordingly, their system lacks transparency."

On Monday morning, Schefter reported Brown would not likely appeal the decision.

With Brown on the exempt list, Giants head coach Ben McAdoo told reporters the team's front office is in talks about the kicker's future, adding he will join those talks Monday night or Tuesday.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport noted on Oct. 21 that Brown will be allowed at the Giants' team facilities if they permit it.

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Torrey Smith criticized the NFL in a series of tweets, per Rachel Nichols of ESPN:

Rachel Nichols @Rachel__Nichols

Straight talk from @TorreySmithWR - and he's completely right. So many great guys in the NFL, protecting the bad ones helps no one. https://t.co/gFTnnYgrJO

Commissioner Roger Goodell used the commissioner's exempt list in 2014 after Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was indicted on charges of child injury.

Per Kevin Patra of NFL.com, the exempt list can be used only by the NFL commissioner and gives him the authority to declare a player temporarily exempt from counting within the Active List limit.

According to Ralph Vacchiano of SNY, Brown admitted in personal journals, emails to his wife and a letter written to friends that he abused her.

One journal entry read, "I have physically, mentally, emotionally and verbally been a repulsive man" and "I have abused my wife." He went on to write in a March 2014 letter to friends that "I viewed myself as God basically and she was my slave."

Per Martin Rogers of USA Today, McAdoo told reporters on Oct. 20 the team will not "turn our back on Josh."

The NFL suspended Brown for one game in August for violating the league's personal conduct policy after James Kratch of NJ Advance Media reported the kicker was arrested in May 2015 on a domestic violence charge.


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