Giants owner John Mara knew of allegations against Josh Brown and his arrest when they re-signed him. Mara stood by the team’s decision to re-sign Brown during a Wednesday media scrum. He went so far as to make it sound like the situation with Brown was different because “you very rarely have a Ray Rice video.”
News about Brown’s domestic violence arrest in 2015 and the related incident report in which Brown’s wife said he had been violent with her more than 20 times broke six days ago. This is the first time the Giants have acknowledged the matter.
The NFL’s handling of the Brown Tahir Whitehead Jersey situation is just as suspect. He got a one-game suspension, despite the league’s domestic violence conduct policy that calls for a minimum of six games upon the first offense.
Lee was one of three Jaguars players who drew penalties because they couldn’t control their emotions. Defensive tackle Malik Jackson was ejected early in the fourth quarter after being penalized twice for unsportsmanlike conduct in a four-play span. Cornerback Jalen Ramsey was ejected late in the fourth quarter after getting into an altercation with Raiders receiver Johnny Holton.
Jackson’s first unsportsmanlike conduct Tavon Wilson Jersey penalty came after he was flagged for roughing the passer. He disagreed with the call and the referee announced that Jackson used abusive language toward an official.
Jaguars receiver Marqise Lee was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct during Sunday’s 33-16 loss to the Oakland Raiders because he used a racial slur.
Lee said he used the N-word, but said he used it in response to several Raiders players also using it.
“It was back and forth,” Lee said. “In the midst of the game, emotion is going from both teams. It just so happened the ref heard me, so therefore I got the flag. I’ve got to fess up to it.”
The penalty occurred late in the third quarter after a 2-yard gain by Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon. Lee, who went to the sideline very upset after the penalty and had to be calmed down by several teammates, declined to name the Raiders players that used the slur that caused him to respond.
The league justified its decision saying that they didn’t have enough information “to corroborate prior findings.” Brown’s wife declined to be interviewed by the league. Regardless, the league’s one-game suspension doesn’t square with its policy in the face of Brown’s arrest.
So far, the Giants are publicly standing by Brown. However, they signed Randy Bullock in the wake of Brown’s suspension, ostensibly as his Week 1 replacement. Bullock has a one-year salary of $760,000, but because he’s a vested veteran, his full salary will be guaranteed if he’s on the roster in Week 1. It’s enough to make you wonder if the team isn’t prepared to cut Brown even though Mara said they would only do so for “football reasons.”