Speaking for the first time in three months and for the first time since Josh Brown's domestic violence past became public, New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese refused to answer questions regarding his decision to re-sign the kicker this offseason.
"I’m not taking any questions in respect to Josh Brown," Reese said on several occasions during a 10-plus minutes news conference. "Stop asking me. I’m not going to take any questions about that, because I don’t think it makes sense for people to keep talking about that situation right now."
Coach Ben McAdoo also declined to address the decision to release their kicker.
"We released a statement afterwards," McAdoo said. "The statement really said everything about it. I don’t have much to add, other than we hope Josh and his family find peace. Anything we can do to support that and help it out, we’ll do that."
The Giants cut Brown on Tuesday after the players left for their bye week. The team’s brass was not made available to discuss the decision.
"We believed we did the right thing at every juncture in our relationship with Josh," team president John Mara said in the statement. "Our beliefs, our judgments and our decisions were misguided. We accept that responsibility.
"We hope that Josh will continue to dedicate himself to rehabilitation, and to becoming a better person and father. We will continue to support him in his efforts to continue counseling, and we hope that Josh and his family can find peace and a positive resolution.
"We have great respect and feel strongly about our support for the good people who work tirelessly and unconditionally to aid the victims of domestic violence and who bring awareness to the issue. We have been partners with My Sisters’ Place (a domestic violence shelter and advocate based in Westchester, New York) for nearly 20 years. The leadership of that organization has provided invaluable insight as we have considered our decisions in this matter. We value and respect their opinion, and we look forward to continuing to work with them in the future."
The Giants returned to practice Monday in preparation for their Week 9 matchup against Philadelphia.
McAdoo doesn’t think the situation has been a distraction at all. The Giants beat the Rams 17-10 in London last Sunday. They entered their bye week on a two-game winning streak.