As the Josh Brown case continues to make headlines, Roger Goodell remains relatively quiet, placing the Giants kicker on the commissioner's exempt list.
Traditionally targeting a male dominated audience, the NFL has always prioritized this demographic. In recent years, studies have found that there has been a shift in fandom in regards to gender. Plot twist: women actually represent about 45 percent of the NFL's fan base.
The league continues to decorate the field with pink ribbons and plasters NFL for her clothing lines across the screen, all for a progressive spectacle. However, in the midst of the Brown investigation, the league's underlying attitude toward women seems rather concerning.
In a journal entry that was recently released to the public, Brown depicted the details of his abusive behavior.
"I became an abuser and hurt Molly physically emotionally and verbally. I viewed myself as God basically and she was my slave," Brown said.
If we turn back the clock a little bit, Brown was initially arrested in 2015 and admitted that he abused his wife in an open discussion with Giants owner John Mara. And que Mara's hopelessly problematic statement:
"He certainly admitted to us that he abused his wife in the past. What's a little unclear is the extent of that," Mara said. (Perhaps there is some type of scale for abuse that Mara has constructed).
In result of this, it was branded as a "in the moment" incident and Brown was suspended for one game only.
Apparently, sources say that the NFL could have conducted a more thorough investigation back then to determine the severity of the abuse. Regardless, even with what they know now, Brown is finishing the season with a guaranteed pay check and has access to the facility.
The New York Giants organization has failed to appropriately handle the matter with McAdoo saying that they "won't turn their backs on Josh Brown" (or his field goal percentage).
Essentially, the league and the Giants organization have avoided fully addressing the issue. While the fan world wonders how the Giants will cope without their kicker in London, I am thinking about how the league will justify the fact that there is a fine for dancing in the end zone, but limited constraints for abusing women.