Following the release of a video tape showing ex-NFL running back Ray Rice dragging his wife out of an elevator in an Atlantic City casino a few years ago following a domestic dispute, the National Football League has been under significant scrutiny about how they handle domestic violence cases with their players. They have since created specific rules regarding domestic violence cases, including mandatory suspensions, but inconsistencies with how they handle each cases continues to hinder the league.
This was evident again this year, when kicker Josh Brown of the New York Giants was suspended for one game following the revelation that he had a domestic incident with his wife. But this was not the first case of such domestic violence, evident by reports of multiple incidents between the couple, including an incident earlier this year in Hawaii at a Pro Bowl hotel, with a report that Brown was at the door of the hotel banging on the door and yelling. He was eventually moved to a new room.
The New York Giants also appeared to show support for Brown, with the head coach and ownership neglecting to take any actions beyond the NFL's initial one game suspension at the start of the 2016 season. Finally, following a long description showing a disturbing history of domestic violence was released to the league. Following this revelation, Brown was released by the Giants and placed on the commissioner's exempt list while the league reviews material and makes a new determination on additional penalties.
Domestic violence is a very serious concern for many families in the United States. Unfortunately, many of these incidents, such as Brown's repeated behavior, go unreported and are never properly addressed. Additionally, in many unhealthy relationships, false claims of domestic abuse may be used to try to alter the court's opinion regarding child custody and child support cases. In these instances, it is important to have a strong criminal defense team on your side to fight the charges and protect yourself and your rights.
Source: CBS News, "Josh Brown placed on NFL commissioner's exempt list after domestic violence revelations," By Jason La Canfora, Oct. 21, 2016