Armour: Josh Brown admitted to beating wife, and NFL barely cares

There’s not enough pink in the world to whitewash the NFL’s continued disregard for women.

As the league plasters its fields with pink ribbons all month and decks its players out in pink cleats, pink towels and pink mouth guards in an effort to fool us into thinking it cares for the health of its female fans, you only need to look at the New York Giants’ roster to see what a farce it is. Josh Brown continues to play, suspended for all of one game despite acknowledging he had repeatedly abused his ex-wife.

One game.

Outrage over what was little more than a timeout for Brown resurfaced Wednesday night, when USA TODAY Sports reported on documents related to the Giants kicker's May 2015 domestic violence case, including his written admissions.

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"I have physically, verbally and emotionally abused my wife,” Brown wrote in a Contract for Change signed March 28, 2013, by him, his wife and a Seattle-area counselor.

The contract, along with entries from Brown's own journals detailing his abusive history, were among documents that came to light Wednesday. After initially saying nothing, the NFL tried to shift the blame Thursday to Brown's now ex-wife and law enforcement officials, saying they had refused to cooperate with the league's investigation. But the league was aware that Molly Brown had told police her husband had abused her more than 20 times when it suspended the kicker Aug. 17.

Two days later, the New York Daily News published 911 calls along with Brown's statement to police about the May 2015 incident as well as other allegations of abuse. USA TODAY Sports and ESPN obtained similar records, with ESPN noting that police had been called twice to the couple's apartment in Hoboken, N.J.

If news media outlets could connect these dots, there's no reason the NFL's crack legal team, some members of which were hired for this very purpose, couldn't have, too.

The NFL now says it will "thoroughly review the additional information and determine next steps in the context of the NFL Personal Conduct Policy." While the league may lengthen Brown's suspension, the opportunity to send a strong message that domestic violence is intolerable came and went in August.

Two years after the Ray Rice video revealed the NFL’s woeful attitudes about abuse, only one player has received the six-game suspension that Commissioner Roger Goodell promised would be the “baseline” for first-time offenders.

Jonathan Dwyer got three games. Johnny Manziel got a pass. Bruce Miller got nothing. Meanwhile, Tom Brady was forced to sit out the first four games of the season because Goodell found him to be sketchy.

That’s right. Not being truthful about deflated footballs and destroyed cell phones is considered so reprehensible Brady missed a quarter of the season. But knock your wife around several times and you’ll only miss one game, maybe three.

When Brown was suspended in August, the league said it was limited because charges against the kicker in the May 2015 incident had been dropped and the lack of cooperation by Brown's wife and police. But there were the police reports. There were records of previous calls to the couple’s residences.

What more did the league need? A video tape?

"Molly was very upfront that in her experience, the NFL publicly says that they have a no tolerance policy on domestic violence, but the reality is that they do more crisis management and look to cover things up," King County (Wash.) Detective Robin Ostrum wrote in her follow-up report.

But please, NFL, paint something else pink to show how much you care.

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