ESPN – A Washington sheriff shot back at the NFL after it made a statement about how his office handled information requests into a domestic violence investigation against New York Giants kicker Josh Brown.
The NFL said its investigators had repeatedly attempted to obtain more information on Brown but were denied by the King County sheriff John Urquhart’s office.
Urquhart went on the defensive and told Seattle radio station KIRO that the investigator never identified himself as being part of the league.
” ‘NFL, National Football League,’ he could have (said) any of that,” Urquhart said. “Robert Agnew, Comcast.net, post office box in Woodinville. We had no idea who this yokel is.”
The King County Sheriff’s office investigated Brown — a former Seahawks player — for domestic violence in 2015 but dropped the misdemeanor charge within days of Brown’s arrest in Woodinville, Washington, last May.
“Nowhere on the request does he say that he works for the NFL and so, we don’t know that it’s the NFL and we’re not gonna give it out anyway, so we denied it,” Urquhart said.
The sheriff’s office released more than 150 pages of documents on Wednesday that showed Brown physically and verbally abusing his ex-wife more than 20 times.
Urquhart admitted that other investigators identified themselves as NFL representatives but that they were denied since it was an open investigation. Urquhart said if the league had gone through proper public disclosure channels, the request would have gone straight to him, and he would have been able to help out more.
“I would have said exactly the same thing, ‘We cannot release the case file,’ ” he said. “But since this is a hot-button item in the NFL, since it’s the NFL, we probably would have told them orally a little bit more about what we had. I don’t like to get pushed around by a bully.”
Tell me, does this look like a guy that likes to get pushed around?
Anyone who can pull off that grin, badge or not, is not someone to be trifled with. Mix in the fact he’s standing behind MLK Jr.? Yeah, def would not stunt Sheriff John Not-even-gonna-try-and-pronounce-your-last-name.
But more importantly, I didn’t think the NFL was that cocky. I knew they were bad but just randomly hitting up law enforcement on the other side of the country without any context or saying who they are? Did they have an intern do this? Did they assume that Cooks County Sheriff’s Office had caller ID? Plus, in this day and age if an old grizzled cop is calling you a bully, I think he knows what he’s talking about.
Doesn’t matter, this is so sloppy and it’s a reflection of the leadership behind it. If they cared that much, they would handle it in a matter that demonstrates their commitment to solving a problem. Instead they phoned it in and gave this excuse:
The league released the following full statement regarding Brown’s case:
“NFL investigators made repeated attempts — both orally and in writing — to obtain any and all evidence and relevant information in this case from the King County Sheriff’s Office. Each of those requests was denied and the Sheriff’s Office declined to provide any of the requested information, which ultimately limited our ability to fully investigate this matter. We concluded our own investigation, more than a year after the initial incident, based on the facts and evidence available to us at the time and after making exhaustive attempts to obtain information in a timely fashion. It is unfortunate that we did not have the benefit or knowledge of these materials at the time.
“In light of the release of these documents yesterday, we will thoroughly review the additional information and determine next steps in the context of the NFL Personal Conduct Policy. We will not be making any comments on potential discipline until that time.” – ESPN
Anytime you can fit “ultimately limited our ability to (insert blank),” you know you are reading some grade A bullshit. Try it out for yourself! “Because my parents wouldn’t pay for acting classes, ultimately it limited my ability to become an actor.” See? It’s pretty clever to shift the blame to the situation and away from yourself, or in this case Roger Goodell. Well, I’m seeing right through it and am curious how many more incidents will it take to figure it out/get rid of Goodell? Gun to my head? I’d say it would take at least 6 more times of Roger screwing up for him to go. WATTBA
P.S. I love how these NFL statements all sound like Roger. You can really hear him saying this crap because it all sounds so similar.