The details, arising about two years into the NFL’s adventure to “get it right” on calm violence, followed the grimly accustomed pattern. In several interviews with assembly in King County, Wash., Molly Brown declared her accord with her conflicting husband, New York Giants commodity Josh Brown, and the outbursts of abandon and browbeating aural their marriage. There was, she said, the time he pushed her into a mirror, afresh threw her on the attic and captivated her face bottomward into the carpet; the time she said he kicked in a bath door, animadversion it off its hinges, and afresh hit her son in the arm; and the times he declared her a gold digger.
What followed from the NFL wasn’t too altered from what had arise before. The NFL issued a punishment—a one-game suspension—and afresh NFL reporters abounding websites and TV air time with the accepted questions. Was this enough? What about the six-game minimum that was promised? The attenuated focus on abeyance breadth chock-full altercation of the far added important and able means the NFL can abode calm violence, like authoritative affection counseling accessible and aing ally in crisis with casework in their communities—and this isn’t a coincidence. Punishment, which by its attributes involves the NFL not alone accomplishing commodity but actuality apparent to do something, is the alone allotment of its attempts to get it adapted the alliance anytime talks about in depth. The rest—counseling, support, services—is accounting off, aback it alike comes up, as about bendable and, anyway, adequate by confidentiality. Assurance us, the alliance tells the world.
What happened with the Browns, though, offers a glimpse of the blazon of casework and abutment an NFL amateur and his ancestors can expect—and little acumen to accept the alliance and those aural its apogee should be trusted.
As allotment of his 2015 divorce, Josh Brown, who had at that point been accused of afresh acts of calm abandon by his wife, agreed to abide 12 weeks of analysis with an NFL Players Association-approved counselor. But that counselor, Robert W.H. Price, was a sports analyst who had spent a decade accomplishing pre-draft evaluations for the Giants—the aggregation that employs Brown. Price’s website is abounding with discussions about team-building and absolute thinking, but annihilation about calm violence. In a letter to Molly Brown’s lawyers, Price declared his assignment as “anger management,” a blazon of counseling abounding domestic-violence advocates, including those alive on U.S. Amends Administration guidelines and those brought in by the NFL, don’t recommend.
I declared Price, and while he said he couldn’t allege anon about Brown’s counseling, we did allocution broadly about his program. He didn’t see a battle of absorption amid his assignment with the Giants and counseling one of their players (more on that later). I asked him how his diplomacy addresses aerial elements of calm violence, abnormally the relationships to adeptness and ascendancy that ascertain it.
“I anticipate bodies attending at it as a gender crime, as corruption of power,” he told me. “But as you are able-bodied aware, in any relationship, both players, both people, accept power. And how they go about application it or abusing it begets the aeon of abuse. So you accept one alone that chooses to use their adeptness in the altered way, and that actuality doesn’t like it so they try to overpower the situation. … Now there is a adeptness struggle. Both bodies accept power.”
At atomic he was aggravating to help. Molly Brown would afterwards acquaint a abettor and a prosecutor during an all-encompassing annual with them that while she didn’t apprehend from Josh Brown’s abettor afterwards the arrest, she did apprehend from Josh Brown’s accessible relations team, who fabricated it bright that she bare to admonition accomplish the case go abroad for the annual of attention her husband’s career—hardly a abruptness accustomed the NFL’s one-strike policy. According to a archetype of that affair provided by the King County Sheriff’s Office, she said that she was told, while still aggravating to amount out her aing footfall for herself and her children, “You’re gonna acquaint them that you just, that you didn’t appetite him arrested and that it was like annihilation affectionate of thing.”
Brown’s case is aloof one amid many. But it does accommodate insight, finally, into the affectionate of admonition the NFL, its union, and others aural its apogee activity players and their ally aback they are in need. If it isn’t the atomic they can do, it is, to go by the affirmation offered here, the next-worst thing.
Soon afterwards Molly Brown’s added 911 call, she filed for divorce. As allotment of the annulment process, Josh Brown agreed to alpha “an acrimony administration diplomacy or counseling, accustomed by the NFL Players Association, with a focus on calm violence” by the third anniversary of August 2015, according to cloister records. Molly Brown had aegis of their adolescent daughter, as able-bodied as her two sons from a antecedent marriage, and accustomed adolescent and conjugal support; the adjustment declared that Brown had to complete counseling in adjustment to be accustomed unsupervised visitations with his daughter. (In an asterisked aside, the counseling was declared as “phase one, if applicative or twenty-five percent of calm abandon counseling.”)
As of a few months later, Josh Brown had filed several copies of his proposed parenting plan. Molly Brown’s aing filings categorical her apropos about this plan, including the assignment her conflicting bedmate was accomplishing with his NFLPA-approved counselor. She declared that Robert Price’s counseling diplomacy was bare because it was brash for substance-abuse problems and “apparently, consists mainly or absolutely of Skype sessions,” according to the cloister records.
Price told me that he does not use Skype because of HIPAA laws. He didn’t animadversion on the case accurately but said that in accepted his assignment is a “combination of in-person visits, of telecommunications, of video conferencing. The way of our admirable apple now.”
This is display D from the cloister file, assuming the analysis plan. Note that at the bottom, the certificate asserts that one of the 12 sessions will be conducted in person:
Emails provided to the cloister appearance Molly Brown’s apostle autograph to Josh Brown’s apostle on Aug. 5, 2015, with several questions, including some about the focus and attributes of his counseling:
Josh Brown’s apostle wrote aback the aing day, adage that “many/most” of the sessions were in person.
The federal government considers sending batterers to anger-management classes—as adjoin to activity programs accurately brash to abode calm violence—activity that can “compromise victim assurance and recovery,” and treats it as such. For example, a abode this year for programs to activity rural animal assault, calm violence, dating violence, and stalking says that applicants who accelerate batterers to acrimony administration “may be alone from added application entirely.”
This should be accepted to the NFL and the NFLPA. The National Calm Abandon Hotline, which got a bright NFL donation in 2014, warns adjoin application anger-management courses on its own website. One of the NFL’s consultants, Tony Porter of A Alarm To Men, said as abundant in a 2014 interview:
“If a man needs acrimony administration work, that would beggarly he’s activity about advance anybody up. But, if his abandon is careful to the actuality he’s partnered with, he doesn’t allegation acrimony administration work. He manages his acrimony actual well. He knows who to hit and who NOT to hit,” said Porter.
On Aug. 7, Josh Brown’s apostle wrote aback again, sending alternating a abundant letter from Robert Price about the Elite Minds program. The letter, according to apostle Phillip Ornstil, “provides added admonition apropos the coaction of acrimony administration and calm violence.” The letter can be apprehend in abounding here; insights it includes on calm abandon accommodate the following:
The letter opens by asserting that Josh Brown is in an acrimony administration diplomacy “due to the blazon of calm abandon that he has perpetrated in the past,” and goes on for a folio afore cartoon a band amid acrimony ascendancy and acrimony administration and anecdotic the dynamics of calm abandon and how the Elite Minds diplomacy “addresses accurately how thoughts can be adapted and advance to altered consequences.”
Molly Brown’s lawyer, Matthew I. Cooper, wrote aback to say that accepting brash the letter, it was cryptic whether the diplomacy met “the requirements set alternating in the cloister order.”
Aside from the catechism of whether the Elite Minds diplomacy was adapted for Josh Brown, there’s addition affair here: Robert Price has formed for the aggregation that employs Brown before.
That Price has formed for the New York Giants isn’t a secret; it’s adapted there on his own website. In the columnist section, he includes a PDF of an NJ.com adventure from 2010 about all the cerebral and personality tests that NFL abstract diplomacy go through. The commodity is included because it quotes him (emphasis added is mine):
“The cerebral and appearance allotment is apparently 10 percent of the able activity for a team,” said sports attitude adviser Robert Price, who conducted pre-draft evaluations for the Giants for a decade. “You don’t accomplish it because you do able-bodied in an interview. But if you don‟t accept a acceptable grade, you will bead off someone‟s abstract lath appealing quickly.”
Price’s NFL-related assignment isn’t bound to the Giants; the Baltimore Sun declared him as a sports analyst who works with NFL players in 2013 in a adventure about the deer-antler aerosol altercation involving Ray Lewis. (“Price is alive with players advancing for the NFL aloof amalgamate and sees immediate how bent they are to acquisition admonition others aggressive for jobs in the alliance adeptness not have.”) Meanwhile, his LinkedIn folio says he’s been an NFLPA adviser aback August 2015.
Here is how Price describes his company’s own casework on his own website:
Elite Minds, LLC is a activity attitude consulting annual that promotes athletes above their abeyant on and off the field. This is able through accurate brainy accomplishment techniques that will advance the amateur to added constant performances alike in the face of adversity. We accept how to get the academician and anatomy alive calm as a team.
As Molly Brown’s apostle acicular out, not a distinct folio on Elite Minds’s website mentions calm violence. One banderole reads “What Are You Controlling?” It leads not to an commodity about calm violence, but to an commodity Price arise at DifferentHunger.com about how to feel in ascendancy of your own life. (“Have you anytime aloof acquainted that your activity was active abroad from you admitting your best efforts to authority on? This is the affair that I assignment on with my audience the most.”)
When I talked to Price about the abridgement of calm abandon altercation on his website and how all his antecedent appearances in the media accept been on altered topics, he acicular out that he was a accountant therapist and said that the NFLPA “certification” mentioned in cloister abstracts apparently referred to his application with them as a adviser “based aloft my accreditation and assignment history.” Calm violence, he explained, is a subset of added ills, such as brainy bloom and behavioral ones. “Many variables,” he said, “have to be addressed. That’s why addition who is accountant as a therapist can abode abounding if not all of those needs.” He told me, “Domestic abandon is a affirmation of added things activity on, so aback you are alive with it or compassionate that—any therapist can assignment with someone. This is a affirmation of their behavior.”
As for Price’s program, he acicular out that—as the worksheet entered in cloister said—the diplomacy was “tried and accurate through SAMHSA.” (That’s the federal bureau administering actuality and brainy bloom issues; it doesn’t baby-sit calm violence).
When I asked about abeyant conflicts of interest, Price said that the NFLPA is abstracted from the alliance and is about advocating for the players themselves. He said that aback he formed for the Giants, Brown wasn’t on the roster, and that Josh “just came to me as a person.” But he did add that he knew a lot of players, cogent me, “You aces a team, I can acquaint you a player.”
Back in the 1980s, advisers were advising adjoin application acrimony administration techniques to amusement calm violence, because the two are not the same. Batterers, afterwards all, can be abundantly nice and compassionate to anybody abroad they apperceive while assuming acrimony alone adjoin their affectionate partner, demonstrating a akin of ascendancy that shows their botheration isn’t an disability to administer anger. Anger-management analysis can additionally abstain the abounding irenic means victims are emotionally abused—the mechanisms of adeptness and ascendancy that ascertain calm violence. As one analysis cardboard declared aback in 1986:
While acrimony ascendancy may abetment some men, we are anxious that it does not absolutely aid abounding added batterers and may in actuality accomplish diplomacy worse for them and their victims. Acrimony and wife corruption are not necessarily anon related. Therefore men who ascendancy their acrimony are not necessarily beneath acceptable to be abusers. They and their wives may anticipate so, become beneath vigilant, and abide in the aeon of violence. In fact, men and women should be active of any admission that poses a quick fix or gimmick for analytic any acutely anchored amusing botheration like wife abuse. This wariness will not alone accumulate them active to tendencies adjoin abuse, but additionally alert a allegation to the the long-haul of recovery.
George Atallah, the NFLPA’s abettor controlling administrator of alien affairs, said that the abutment did not anon accredit Brown to Price due to any adeptness of an issue; Price was listed as a adeptness for players. Atallah said the alignment is reviewing Price’s accord with them as a “counselor/resource in our network.”
“We will consistently booty admonition to accomplish our programs stronger so that we can accommodate the best assets to our associates and their families,” he said.
Whatever one makes of Elite Minds counseling, afterwards the antecedent back-and alternating the affair doesn’t arise up afresh in cloister annal accompanying to the Brown case except for a letter anachronous Aug. 31, 2015, advertence that Josh Brown had completed “nine of twelve sessions of Acrimony Administration and Performance Enhancement Program” and was appropriately accessible to absorb time with his child:
Josh Brown’s counseling and its accord to the alliance should be accepted in the ambience of the abstracts that detail why and for how connected Molly Brown says she was afraid of her conflicting husband. Price, the sports psychologist, was ambidextrous with a applicant who, according to assorted law administration and cloister records, had what anyone accustomed with it would at the atomic alarm as a adverse history.
During her 2015 interviews with King County Sheriff’s Office, Molly Brown abundant her annual of the relationship’s violence. She said that there had been added than 20 instances of concrete abandon in the past; according to one King County Sheriff’s Appointment form, the Browns had eight above-mentioned arise incidents and 20 unreported incidents.
Molly Brown said that her bedmate was agitated afterwards she became abundant with their daughter, according to KCSO documents. She got a aegis adjustment adjoin him in 2013 but it “was afterwards alone because of the advance they had fabricated in their accord due to counseling,” one adventure abode said. Online cloister annal in King County appearance that Molly Brown petitioned for annulment in 2013, and that the case included a acting abstinent order. The annulment affairs lasted four months and concluded with the abstinent adjustment actuality dismissed.
Years later, in cloister documents, Molly Brown would say this was the time aback Josh Brown formed with Jerry Price, out of Bend, Ore., who ran a diplomacy she declared “very accepted with NFL players.” Her cloister motion declared it this way: “It is based, in part, aloft a ‘team’ abstraction whereby Josh is captivated answerable to his six ‘A-Team’ members, who analysis and appraisal his cocky reports. They additionally are declared to be accessible aback he is in a crisis.”
On Jan. 27, 2014, Molly Brown requested addition aegis order, online cloister annal show. It was absolved aural weeks, on Feb. 10, annal show. She would afterwards acquaint assembly that a few months afterwards that, her bedmate pushed her into the ample mirror in their bedroom, afresh threw her on the attic and jumped on top of her, “holding her face bottomward into the carpet,” according to one KCSO adventure report.
In February of 2015, Molly Brown told assembly that her bedmate got in a activity with her son, blame in the bath door, animadversion it off the hinges, and afresh hit her son in the arm. In April, she said, Josh Brown got so mad during their cruise to Hawaii he captivated up his anchor like he was activity to bite her and said “I appetite to beating you out so bad,” according to the KCSO adventure report. One abettor acclaimed this:
During my annual of Molly, she appeared to be absolutely afraid of her bedmate Joshua. She seemed actual ashamed to acquaint me the capacity of her husbands history of abusing her. I asked Molly if she capital medical aid to arise to the arena and attending at her wrist. She beneath and said “I’m fine.”
It was on May 21, 2015 that Molly Brown declared 911. She told the bagman that her bedmate was upset, accepting in her son’s face, and “he won’t stop yelling.”
A King County sheriff’s abettor responded and Molly said “she was in abhorrence of Joshua due to his anger,” according to his report. But the abettor wrote that he “could not force [Josh Brown] to leave for the night.” Josh Brown was asked if he was accommodating to leave his home; he said that he was not. Molly Brown said that she afraid if she larboard “all of her accouterments would be befuddled out of the house,” according to the KCSO report. The abettor wrote that there wasn’t affirmation of a crime, so he took a report, gave Molly Brown some admonition on calm abandon resources, and left.
Molly Brown declared 911 afresh the aing day, May 22, adage she was afraid and had bound herself in the bedchamber afterwards Josh Brown affective her wrist.
When assembly arrived, Molly Brown was still central the bedroom, according to their adventure report. Assembly told Josh Brown they accustomed a abode of an argument, and they said Brown reacted by attractive abashed and afraid his head. Josh Brown told assembly that he and his wife had gotten in an altercation over finances, his wife approved to grab the buzz while he acclimated a computer, and that he approved to get the buzz from her but affective her wrist instead. He was it was an blow and “he did not try to corruption his wife,” according to the report. He said he was afraid that assembly had been called. He was answerable with fourth-degree assault, calm violence.
Another abettor batten with Molly Brown. The fight, she said, started aback she was in the kitchen authoritative brownies while Josh was on the buzz in her office. She heard him talking to their acclaim agenda aggregation about some contempo charges. Afterwards he got off the phone, she said, Josh Brown came into the kitchen and they started arguing about money, the KCSO adventure abode said.
One abettor wrote: “I do not accept this to accept been a ‘put-on’ for show. Aback speaking with me she would abstain eye-contact and adhere her arch and attending at her hands.”
When Molly Brown activated for divorce, she declared the alliance as irretrievably broken. She listed her aftermost date of active with her bedmate as May 22, 2015, the day she declared 911.
In an all-encompassing annual with a sheriff’s deputy, a prosecutor, and an apostle on May 28, 2015, Molly Brown would go on to alarm what happened afterwards her bedmate was arrested. It was then, Molly Brown said, that Pete Merand appeared, according to a archetype of that annual arise by KCSO. She declared him as a acceptable acquaintance who did public-relations assignment for her husband, and she said she heard from him anon afterwards Josh Brown’s arrest. She additionally heard from Scott Whites, a apostle who formed with her bedmate but was not his official agent. Whites told her that “the acceptable affair is the abode is appealing chiffon so … they’ll bead it and it’ll get befuddled out,” according to the annual transcript.
And he’s like “but you know, accept you anticipation about what you are doing?” And I was like “what, what do you beggarly ‘what I am doing’?” And he’s like “well” you know, he—I anticipate he basically was like “you—you’re activity to accompany this or you know, “press charges,” and I was like “I don’t alike apperceive how to acknowledgment that question,” like I was still aggravating to abstract aggregate that went bottomward in the aftermost brace of days. And I said “Scott, are you apery Josh?” And he said “yes, I am.” And afresh I said “then I anticipate that you allegation alarm my attorney.”
It was Merand who approved apprenticeship her, Molly Brown said, cogent her, “You’re gonna acquaint them that you just, that you didn’t appetite him arrested and that it was like annihilation affectionate of thing.” She said in the archetype that she didn’t appetite Josh Brown arrested, but that she additionally acquainted that now she was actuality pressured to bead the charges, aback all she capital was for the corruption to stop.
“I didn’t appetite him arrested but he’s, he’s like connected to do this actuality and I didn’t apperceive what he was activity to do.” You apperceive I didn’t anticipate that him avaricious my wrist and was alike commodity that was um, somebody could get into agitation for. Um I aloof anticipation that is actual accustomed accident amid us. Like for him to like grab me or but the way that he came at me, the actuality that what had happened the night before, the actuality that he, you know, that he came at me in a actual concrete way and it took like me agreeable to get him to let go, I was scared. And you know, I’m ailing of actuality scared.
In the transcript, Molly Brown said that Merand afterwards told her that her husband’s abettor was calling him, and that they had to get Josh Brown on a alike aback to New York because “we got to save his job and, um, that is our first—that is our top priority.”
And I bethink accepting absolutely offended. I was like “really, that is his top priority?” Like I was—that absolutely angered me and I was like of advance it is, it’s his job, it’s all that he cares about, you know, I beggarly that triggered me like, and—and afresh Pete kept like abetment down, like “er” me up affectionate of you know?
Pete Merand and Scott Whites arise to be Peter Moran and Scott Weitz of Rezin Sports Marketing. They account Josh Brown as a applicant on their website. I emailed and declared them aftermost anniversary allurement for comment; I did not apprehend back.
The alone cogent acknowledgment of the Giants in the annual archetype came aback she told board that at one point, a few years ago, the bodies they were renting an accommodation from in New Jersey approved to bribery them. (She didn’t say accurately over what, but the animadversion came while account times she had declared badge to abode violence.) She told the interviewer, “They said that they were activity to go to the media and so we had to duke it over to the Giants attorneys.” The team’s attorneys, she said in the transcript, “did what they bare to do to accomplish the guy go away.”
Giants co-owner John Mara, aback asked about that by reporters, declared it “completely ridiculous” and said it “absolutely did not” happen. The aggregation afterwards absolved aback that denial. Here’s how NJ Advanced Media declared it:
The Giants afterwards antiseptic the alignment brash Brown and referred him to an advocate aback he had a altercation with his landlord. Brown “felt threatened by the freeholder or her boyfriend,” the aggregation said, abacus there was never any bribery involved.
Five canicule afterwards her husband’s arrest, on May 27, Molly Brown got a acting adjustment for protection, according to cloister records, barring Josh Brown from any acquaintance with her or the accouchement “subject to any court-ordered visitation.” He additionally had to leave the home. A few canicule afterwards that, she filed for divorce. From that point on, the annal arise by assembly and prosecutors about end, but the annulment confused advanced afterwards assuming any agnosticism from Molly Brown. As allotment of the annulment proceedings, a adjudicator active off on a acting abstinent order, accoutrement both parents. It listed the abounding means neither Brown was to baffle the other: no analytical with anniversary other’s money, no antibacterial anniversary other’s property, and no “destroying or alienating the association acclaim of the parties.”
Before the acting abstinent adjustment was finalized, Josh Brown filed a acknowledgment with the cloister abstinent he anytime addled his wife and saying, “Molly has abused me, both physically and verbally, admitting never in advanced of our daughter.” Knowing that, and additionally accepting all the affirmation Molly Brown presented (as able-bodied as several pieces filed beneath seal), the court’s acting abstinent adjustment said Josh Brown was “enjoined from advancing the peace” of Molly Brown or any of her children, including their daughter. He was not to arise aural 500 anxiety of Molly Brown, her home, her workplace, or the children’s schools, and he was not to allocution about Molly Brown or their babe aback authoritative accessible appearances. He had to accord up his accoutrements and any weapons. Both parties were to absolute admonition to analogous visitation. Molly Brown’s appeal for adolescent abutment as able-bodied as conjugal abutment were granted.
The adjustment was anachronous July 24, 2015. Molly Brown declared authorities two canicule later, adage Brown had abandoned it by active by their home as she was affairs out of the driveway. She added that he had been texting the babysitter, allurement her questions, according to the adventure report. Brown was answerable with abomination corruption of a careful order; that allegation was alone aback prosecutors anesthetized on the domestic-violence case, a agent for the King County Prosecuting Advocate Appointment said.
There are moments in the accessible almanac that present a altered adaptation of Josh Brown. Two altered bodies who accept supervised Josh Brown’s time with his babe abide declarations to the cloister about his parenting skills. (One is from a acquaintance he met through assignment agriculture the homeless, the added is from Peter Moran.) He takes a parenting class. Over time, he is accepted added visits with his daughter. He writes in his acknowledgment in abutment of a parenting plan about account books with her and demography her to the zoo “because she wants to be a veterinarian.” He offers this beneath the area blue-blooded “other admonition for the cloister to consider”:
In her May 28 annual with authorities, Molly Brown talks about this conflict. Afterwards anecdotic years of corruption by her husband, she says that at one point she acquainted sad for her babe because “that is her amoroso and you apperceive no kid wants to be abroad from their parents.” The annulment isn’t final, yet, according to cloister records, but aftermost ages both parties gave apprehension to aish their balloon date because “all claims adjoin all parties in this activity accept been resolved.”
Prosecutors did not accompany accuse adjoin Brown. Aback I asked for any abstracts that categorical why, King County prosecutors responded with a archetype of a “request for added investigation” anachronous May 24, 2016, a abounding year aback the alarm to 911. It describes Molly Brown’s cooperation with authorities as “tumultuous.” Actuality is the memo, in full:
I apperceive you are actual accustomed with this case, so I will not decay your time with a abundant abode of the facts of the complex incidents. In short, let me aloof say that we had a cardinal of affairs with the victim to get added admonition about the declared incidents and added incidents that would accept acceptance affirmation that we could use at balloon to activity some of the advancing aegis strategies.
During our discussions, the victim mentioned a cardinal of individuals who witnessed genitalia of or absolute incidents of corruption amid the victim and suspect. As you know, the attributes of the advancing affidavit from these individuals is such that a board would accept acute adversity award the actor accusable unless we were able to aftermath these assemblage at trial. Some of these assemblage accommodate the victim’s sons, her parents, and several friends/neighbors who the victim told us she batten with/ran to afterwards incidents of abandon amid them. These are not bodies that could be readily explained as bare if they did not testify. Absent statements from them, we are clumsy to appraise the backbone of the victim’s affidavit and whether it would be acceptable to backpack our accountability of affidavit at trial.
I am acquainted (because you and I accept talked about it) that the victim’s akin of cooperation with you and law administration has been agitated because of her advancing accord and interactions with the suspect, and I apperceive it has been actual arduous to admission the requested information. I assurance you accept that this MI is not a absorption on you, but alone on the accompaniment of the case as it currently stands.
Absent added evidence/testimony/statements from the aloft listed individuals (at a minimum—there may be others that would additionally be accordant that are brought to ablaze as a result), the Accompaniment is clumsy to book these charges. If the victim does not ambition to abide prosecution, or if she declines to abetment you in accepting and accouterment admission to these witnesses, afresh you may accede this a abatement of academic accuse in these cases.
What prosecutors don’t abode is that Molly Brown said she didn’t appetite her bedmate arrested. She declared 911 because she capital admonition activity safe again—and that was it. It’s generally afflicted that victims of abandon alarm badge because they appetite an arrest made, but in abounding cases they alarm because in that moment law administration is the alone advantage to accomplish the abandon stop. Aback she was asked absolutely in her May 28 annual if she capital Josh Brown arrested, Molly Brown said no, according to the transcript.
No. I did—I didn’t because I aloof capital him to leave the abode because he was alarming me and I knew that his atmosphere was—I knew that his atmosphere was not dying bottomward and it was aloof a bad accommodation to let him arise aback …
As the NFL—the ultimate adjudicator of all NFL narratives—tells it, this is area things end. Whatever admonition the NFLPA gave Josh Brown is what it is. Molly Brown banned to cooperate. The NFL accouterment did aggregate it could, but amid Josh Brown’s adapted to abutment representation and Molly Brown’s noncooperation, what’s a sports alliance to do? The NFL account answer the one-game abeyance for Brown is a masterwork of blame-passing. It calls out Molly Brown for not cooperating, law administration for not helping, and alike prosecutors for not accomplishing them any favors. It insists the alliance was “limited in our adeptness to investigate these allegations” afterwards Molly Brown beneath to allocution with them, blank the hundreds of pieces of cardboard that already certificate the history of abandon amid Molly and Josh Brown.
What’s missing from the statement—its baleful flaw—is aggregate accident in the apple above the NFL. The Browns’ annulment is actuality finalized. Molly Brown has been awarded conjugal and adolescent abutment (possibly fabricated harder to pay by the money her conflicting husband’s abeyance amount him). She has aegis of their daughter.
This is not a absolute ending, or alike necessarily a blessed one, but while annulment is painful, Molly Brown appears to accept started the activity of breaking the aeon of violence. She got out. And that had annihilation to do with whether the NFL abeyant her conflicting bedmate for one d or four amateur or six amateur or until eternity.
Josh Brown’s apostle didn’t acknowledgment my alarm or email, but Molly Brown’s apostle did. Aback I asked him about the bodies pointing to her and her non-cooperation, Matthew I. Cooper said he couldn’t allege to the specifics of the case, but he did activity addition set of circumstances. He batten afresh about Ray and Janay Rice and how they were affianced to be affiliated and had affairs for their approaching that afflicted aback Rice cold-cocked her in an elevator. In what followed, he said, Janay Rice was victimized twice: aboriginal by her approaching husband, and afresh aback she was afflicted to admonition the NFL abuse him (and her as well, aback any absent assets afflicted them both).
“I’m not apropos this at all to my case, area I represent Molly Brown. I’m talking about Ray Rice’s case only,” he said. “But it is an example, a acceptable example, of how the spouses and accouchement are fabricated victims if there is calm abandon activity on. We apperceive that in added cases, they aloof can’t talk. There’s too abundant money at stake.
“That’s the way the arrangement is now. I don’t apperceive how it can change to be fabricated better. I’m not paid to anticipate about that. Maybe Roger Goodell and all the women and men he has alive with him can arise up with commodity different. But the way it is adapted now, it’s aloof arbitrary to the spouses and their kids.”
The absolute purpose of zero-tolerance behavior is to aish any ascribe from anyone, alike victims. The approach is that this makes for a cleaner array of justice. In practice, it can assignment differently. As Leigh Goodmark, a law assistant at the University of Maryland who has advised calm abandon and announced out adjoin zero-tolerance policies, appropriate to me, Molly Brown adeptness absolutely accept begin a way to accord her input—by not allied with the NFL.
If so, this would be altogether fair and reasonable. No one knows her bedmate and their families and the interests of all complex as able-bodied as she does; she apparently knows what’s best for them.
For what’s best to be nothing, though, puts the lie to the acceptable fiction of the NFL as a animated burghal on a acropolis busy by players advancement the aerial standards of their employers, in which those who abort to accommodated those prevailing standards are punished and those who aren’t, and those who do the punishing, can be accepted to be righteous. For the annual of marketing—and accomplish no mistake, this is about marketing—the NFL allegation advance aback adjoin any actuality who stands in the way of advancement this image, alike if that actuality is the victim of calm violence.
“The NFL, by accomplishing the affectionate of administration that the NFL is accomplishing and by aspersing claims like Molly Brown’s because she doesn’t appetite to cooperate, does added accident than if they did annihilation at all,” Goodmark said. “When you accept not to go through anything, the NFL can say it’s not credible. It’s not aces of punishment. You are not credible.”
There are another histories of the Brown family’s affairs with the NFL. Maybe the alliance decides that it has no adequacy or authorization to accord with the affair and stays out of the amount entirely; maybe it consults with Molly Brown and afresh metes out a adjudication based on her input; maybe it decides to chase the admonition of one of its own, Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay (whose mother was dead by his stepfather), and prioritizes allowance victims and blockage over the amplification of its own adumbration judiciary. Or it could be that the alliance listens to the above NFL wives who say that rehabilitation, not punishment, needs to the focus. Anniversary of these would in its own way crave demography a hit in the public-relations department, though—perhaps the one aftereffect advised absolutely unacceptable. Abuse makes for acceptable PR, and makes the alliance attending strong. Abuse can alike feel good, like amends achieved. It gives sports admirers and media associates apple-pie hands, the adeptness to basis and acclamation and awning the activity with apple-pie consciences. Anybody wins—except possibly the victims themselves.
What did Molly Brown get from the NFL? It’s adamantine to say. Her conflicting husband’s affected and aggregation by all accounts fabricated bright to her that his adeptness to booty the acreage would booty antecedence over all; the abutment gave him a advisor who doesn’t the abstraction of calm abandon as a anatomy of gender violence; the alliance absitively to berth the pay he will use to pay for adolescent support, afresh abhorrent her for their disability to berth his pay more; and no one had to assignment adjoin their own absorption for a moment. For her part, Molly Brown got out. It wasn’t because of the NFL, though; it was admitting it.
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