[UPDATE 2:45 p.m. ET: Brown released by Giants]
New York Giants placekicker Josh Brown today released a statement to Adam Schefter via Facebook. Here it is:
“I am sorry that my past has called into question the character or integrity of The New York Giants, Mr. Mara or any of those who have supported me along the way. I have taken measures to get help so that I may be the voice of change, not a statistic. It is important to share that I never struck my wife, and never would. Abuse takes many forms, and is not a gray area. Through the past several years I have worked to identify and rectify my own behaviors. The road to rehabilitation is a journey and a constant modification of a way of life. My journey will continue forever as a person determined to leave a positive legacy and I embrace the opportunities to show and speak about what has helped me to be that man. In the interim, I am cooperating with the Giants and the NFL. Thank you to everyone that has supported me, I will not let you down.”
Brown is currently on the Commissioner’s Exempt List, meaning he has been removed from the Giants’ roster but is still drawing a paycheck. The Giants have continued to be silent about whether or not Brown, in the first year of a two-year contract, has any future with the team.