Giants Receive Criticism Over Josh Brown And Odell Beckham
There is no more unpopular team in the NFL right now than the New York Giants, particularly after this week's revelations about their kicker, Josh Brown.
Those revelations came on Thursday, when ESPN reported that in a series of letters, journals and emails, Brown had admitted to abusing his ex-wife over a number of years.
Combine that news with the fact that Brown had only received a one-game suspension at the beginning of the season for his actions, and the perfect storm had emerged for the NFL and the Giants to get all sorts of criticism.
Even the players couldn't resist commenting on the matter.
In one tweet, San Francisco 49ers receiver Torrey Smith said,
Celebrating a TD will get you fined but being an abuser can keep the checks coming in.
In another tweet, defensive back for the Indianapolis Colts Darius Butler said,
Josh Brown suspended ONE GAME!!! So much for our strict stance against DV [domestic violence]. Anyone associated with the NFL should be embarrassed right now!!!
The criticism came from all sorts of angles, but there was one particular issue that many people had brought up: the Giants hypocrisy.
During the season, New York receiver Odell Beckham Jr. had been a scapegoat of sorts for the Giants, and he had been criticized for a perceived lack of maturity.
At one point, head coach Ben McAdoo said Beckham needed to be less of a "distraction" to the team. On the other hand, when asked about Josh Brown's actions, McAdoo told reporters the team was "not going to turn" their backs on Josh Brown.
It's that contrast that sparked a string of criticisms that had a whole bunch of people singing from the same hymn sheet.
The accusation against the Giants here is simple: The team is more offended by a player's emotional fits than they are about another man harming his wife.