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FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2016, file photo, New York Giants' Josh Brown speaks with reporters at NFL football teams training camp in East Rutherford, N.J. Brown has issued a statement in which he admits abusing his former wife but he insists he never hit her. Brown issued the statement to ESPN on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon confirmed that the statement was from Brown, who was placed on the NFL commissioner's exempt list last week after authorities released emails and personal journals in which Brown admits to abusing his former wife.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants have released placekicker Josh Brown after police documents revealed Brown had admitted to repeatedly abusing his former wife while they were married.

The release came Tuesday shortly after the player issued a statement insisting that he never hit his wife during a six year period when he admits spousal abuse.

Giants President John Mara says the team was "misguided" in how it handled its relationship with Brown. He says the team hopes Brown will dedicate himself to rehabilitation and becoming a better person and father.

Brown was previously suspended for the opening game of the season for violating the league's personal conduct policy after the NFL investigated his arrest in May 2015 for spousal abuse against his now ex-wife, Molly. Brown was not charged by local authorities in the case in Washington state.

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