Players in the NFL are questioning how the league has handled the domestic violence case involving Giants’ kicker Josh Brown. Players are reacting to the light penalty handed down on Brown and accuse the league of playing favorites.
The player’s sentiments flooded social media 24-hours after the league decided to place Brown on the commissioner’s exempt list. Aside from that, Brown will no longer be on the Giants’ active roster but is still eligible to receive a salary of just over $1 million.
49ers’ wide receiver Torrey Smith posted on Twitter that players get fined celebrating a touchdown while abusers get paid getting their hand dirty. He added that a need for changes in the league’s system.
Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. also noted that he will be using specially design cleats on their next game to spread awareness on domestic violence.
As players have become vocal in condemning what Brown did, NFL owners are taking the most silent approach on the matter. Yahoo Sports reports that team owners are not issuing any statement as they are afraid to get the same treatment from Giants co-owner John Mara.
It would be remembered that the NFL issued a one-game suspension to Brown in relations to the domestic violence case that dates back in 2015. Many are criticizing the NFL especially when the case got compared to the four-game suspension issued to Tom Brady to the Deflategate scandal.
Brown has admitted to abusing his wife, Molly Brown, even vividly describing it through his journals. The entries have become disturbing and many were expecting a heavier punishment.
Sad to say the NFL has taken a different stance on the matter that involved Brown. Many are saying that Commissioner Roger Goodell’s relations with Mara are playing a big role on the issue. Players many have different views on the matter and they could follow Colin Kaepernick’s way of getting their message known to all.
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