New York Giants kicker Josh Brown said that he was “physically, emotionally and verbally” abusive to his wife on several occasions, according to documents that surfaced Wednesday relating to the athlete’s domestic violence case.
Brown allegedly admits to ongoing abuse in the series of emails, letters, journal entries and counseling exercises obtained by NJ.com.
“I have physically, mentally, emotionally and verbally been a repulsive man ... I have abused my wife,” he wrote in one entry.
The King County Sheriff Department in Washington state obtained the materials from Brown’s former wife, Molly, during an investigation following Brown’s arrest in May, 2015. Brown was accused of fourth-degree assault, but the charge was later dropped.
In one entry, Brown said that he decided from the age of 7 to “use and abuse women.”
“My ability to connect emotionally to other people was zero,” Brown wrote. “My empathy levels were zero. Because I never handled these underlying issues I became an abuser and hurt [my wife] physically, emotionally and verbally. I viewed myself as God basically and she was my slave.”
The Giants re-signed Brown to a two-year, $4 million contract during the 2016 offseason.
“Based on the facts and circumstances that we were aware of at that time, we were comfortable with our decision to re-sign him,” Giants co-owner John Mara said in August.
Around the same time, the NFL issued a one-game suspension to Brown for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.
NJ.com notes that it is unclear if the Giants or the league were aware of the police documents prior to their being made public on Wednesday.
The Giants did not immediately return HuffPost’s request for comment.
On Thursday, the Giants are scheduled to fly to London, where they will play the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.
Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) for the National Domestic Violence Hotline .