New York Giants kicker Josh Brown was placed on the commissioner's exempt list on Friday afternoon, according to USA Today Sports. Placement on the list denotes a player will receive paid leave, but will no longer occupy an active roster spot for their team -- in this case, the Giants.

The case against Brown

In May 2015, Brown was arrested in Washington forfourth-degree domestic violence assault. The charges were later dropped, but there was some mystery surrounding the case, including accusations that Brown had actually assaulted his wife on many more occasions than this one instance. Lacking discernible proof, the NFL suspended the kicker for only one game at the start of this season.

On Wednesday, the police responsible for Brown's arrest released documents related to the case. Included in those documents were journal articles from Brown, at least one of which included a confession about being abusive towards his wife. In light of these documents, the Giants, who had previously stood behind Brown, decided to leave him home from their trip to London to play the Los Angeles Rams this weekend, signing Robbie Gould to take his place.

The commissioner's exempt list has been used twice previously, both times in 2014, when Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy were facing abuse allegations.

Brown has three days to appeal his placement on the list.

There is also a story circulating that NFL security moved Brown's wife to a different hotel room after an incident of suspected abuse while Brown was in Hawaii for the Pro Bowl. This would be a huge mark against the NFL, who previously denied knowledge of abuse and has already mishandled domestic violence cases in the recent past.

Brown's career

Brown, 37, has been in the NFL since being drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the seventh round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He has made 319 of 380 field goal attempts for a success percentage of 83.9%, with a career-long of 58 yards. He won the Golden Toe Award, given out byPro Football Weekly, in 2006 and made his first Pro Bowl in 2015.

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