Josh Brown's ex-wife alleged that the NFL and some players on the Giants were aware of the kicker's abusive behavior, and the NFL was once concerned enough to take steps to try to protect her and her children.
Those allegations were among the many contained in the 165 pages of documents SNY obtained from the Kings County (Wash.) Sherriff's office on Wednesday. Among the emails and diaries where Josh allegedly admitted to physically abusing his now ex-wife Molly, was a police "follow up" report with more accusations and allegations of abuse.
A significant one allegedly occurred under the NFL's watch at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii last January, according to the police report. Molly told police that while she and Josh were in the process of getting a divorce, Josh offered to take her and her children to Hawaii and pay their expenses. She agreed, but then called that "a big mistake."
Molly alleged that she was subject to "cutting comments" from Josh on that trip, and that he took her phone and searched through her texts, according to the police report. She also alleged that one night he got drunk and pounded on her door so loudly that NFL security and hotel security were called and had to escort Josh away. She also alleged that the NFL eventually put her and her kids up in a different hotel "where Josh would not know where they were," the police report said.
That last part is a damning allegation considering the reason the NFL gave for using only Josh Brown's arrest in May, 2015 when they decided to give him a seemingly light one-game suspension for violating the league's personal conduct and domestic violence policy. The league said in a statement in August that while it was aware that Molly had alleged multiple incidents of domestic violence, it "had insufficient information to corroborate prior allegations."
A league spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether the NFL helped hide Molly and her children from Josh Brown at the Pro Bowl, or on any of the new revelations in the documents obtained by SNY.
Here are some more allegations from the police "follow-up" report:
- Molly accused several of Josh's Giants teammates of being "aware of the domestic violence in their relationship," but not doing anything to stop it. She claimed other players around the NFL knew, too, though she did not name any players.
- In May, 2014, Molly said Josh came home drunk after a bachelor party and while they were sitting in bed discussing that, he jumped on the bed and stood over her. When she "scrambled" to get away he slammed her into a large mirror that was hanging on their bedroom wall. Molly said her head and arm hit the mirror so hard that the mirror cracked. When she tried to get away again, Josh got on top of her again and held her face down on the floor. Molly said their daughter, Georgia, witnessed the incident.
- Molly was told by police she was under no obligation to talk to NFL investigators after being contacted by a representative of the league. The league rep contacted the Kings County Sherriff's office several times over several months but was told by Robin Ostrum that she "would not discuss my open and active investigation." Molly told Ostrum that she didn't want to speak to the NFL because she feared the league "would only be looking to bury this whole incident and protect Josh."