Josh Brown was a test case for the NFL's domestic violence policy, and it failed, miserably.
Two years have passed since the Ray Rice debacle. The league has since updated their personal conduct policy, hired three domestic violence experts, ran DV public service spots and conducted DV education sessions for all 32 teams. What was it all for? As the mishandling of Brown's case illustrates, we are literally back to the drawing board. In theory, it would be great to ponder ways the NFL can actually suppress its domestic violence problem. But they are running out of Band-aids.
The harsh reality is that the league’s lifeblood is a culture of turning a blind eye. If there were an actual code of conduct, like the kind you have in a real job, the league would be out of business. The only short-term hope is that coaches like McAdoo start reordering their priorities and actually consider it far more egregious to kick a woman than a net.