In August 2014, as the NFL faced massive public outcry over its handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence case, Commissioner Roger Goodell unveiled a new policy aimed at ensuring that he and his league would not repeat the same mistakes in the future.
Two years later, it did exactly that. This time, the player in question is New York Giants kicker Josh Brown.
The NFL initially suspended Brown for one game at the start of the 2016 season, upon completing an investigation that began after the league learned in May 2015 that Brown had been arrested at his home on charges of abusing his then-wife, Molly. In the course of the investigation, the NFL said in August, the league determined that Brown had violated its Personal Conduct Policy, but that because Molly Brown and law enforcement declined to participate in the probe, it “had insufficient information to corroborate prior allegations,” and would not discipline him further.
Brown served the suspension and returned to the field, and the case was largely forgotten. Until Thursday, that is, when newly released police documents showed that Brown had admitted to a history of abuse against his wife.