Josh Brown kicked the game-winning field goal as time expired in the Giants’ 16-13 win over the Saints on Sunday, this after serving a one-game suspension for domestic violence. Brown, 37, was arrested in 2015 for allegedly abusing his wife, who claimed Brown assaulted her more than 20 times.
Brown, 37, signed a two-year, $4 million deal with the Giants in April. He went 3-of-4 on field goals Sunday, missing a 53-yarder but connecting on tires from 48, 19 and 23 yards.
Still, it has to feel a little weird that this is the guy who won the game for the Giants. Brown HAS maintained his innocence all along, but should we believe him?
“Well, I can’t really make a judgment on that,” New York Daily News columnist Gary Myers said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “All I really know for sure is what was in that incident report that his (now-ex wife) filed with police. I’ll tell you in the locker rooms he’s a mellow guy, as you expect from a kicker. if you think about players around the league who would get into trouble for something like this, he wouldn’t be on the list, but it just goes to show you never know what happens behind closed doors or in these players’ private lives.”
Guilty or not, this is the kind of allegation that can ruin a player’s career. It hasn’t ruined Brown’s.
“The Giants obviously knew about this a year ago May,” Myers said. “They brought him back in the second year of a two-year contract, and knowing that he was potentially going to be suspended for six games – and he only got suspended for one – but they signed him to a new two-year contract in April for $4 million. They put themselves in a position – and I’m just talking football-wise – where they might have needed another kicker for the first six games of the year when these guys are probably the most replaceable players on any team unless you have a guy that you consider to be a perennial Pro Bowl guy or a potential Hall of Fame guy, which, Josh Brown made the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career last year in his upper 30s.
“I’m just really surprised at the Giants in particular because they run such a great organization there,” Myers continued. “I’m surprised they wanted to have their brand – and I don’t like that expression, calling it a ‘brand’ – I’m really surprised they wanted their brand associated with a guy like this when he was easily replaceable. I think the Giants would have preferred to win the game with any of the other 45 guys on the active roster being the hero. And I won’t say he was a hero. The winning field goal was 10 yards shorter than an extra point is now.”