Even though Josh Brown now is a former teammate, Rashad Jennings said Wednesday night that he feels for him — and everyone else involved in the domestic abuse scandal that rocked the Giants.
“I mean, that’s a tough situation,” the running back said at the USS Intrepid in Manhattan before a screening of “USO — For the Troops,” a documentary on the organization’s 75th anniversary.
“Josh, that’s a teammate, somebody I’ve had an opportunity to get to know over the last three years. You have remorse for his family, him, his wife, his kids, everybody that’s involved that really is going to suffer from it more than the team will, more than the NFL will, more than people who may have harsh feelings that are all from a distance.
“You really have remorse for the effects of the situation. I don’t have all the details. I don’t. Either way, I do know 100 percent that domestic violence in any way shape or form is nothing that I support. Domestic violence is nothing in any way shape or form that the New York Giants support. And domestic violence in any way shape or form is nothing Josh Brown even supports himself.
“He’s announced numerous times that he thought he made a mistake. And I also know him on a level of his faith, and I do know that when you start to realize and you compare yourself to Christ, we all fall short and we all look terrible.”
Brown, 37, a placekicker, was released by the Giants on Tuesday after documents released last week revealed more details of his history of domestic abuse against his now ex-wife, Molly.
With the Giants on a bye week, most players have not been in position to comment publicly on Brown’s release, but Jennings did, and admitted it has been a complicated season for Giants players facing non-football questions.
“It can be very difficult to answer hot topics like that,” he said. “This year in that locker room, being a New York Giant, playing in New York with the media and having to answer questions on the national anthem, [Colin] Kaepernick, domestic violence, racism, it’s a lot of topics going on this year.
“I feel the locker room has matured in a way of understanding that it’s a privilege to play this game and understand the awesome role we have. You don’t shy away from questions, you give your true, authentic opinion. But you do it in such a way that you’re never above reproach, especially if you don’t have all the information.
“If you’re going to be bold, be bold. But be bold with all the facts. I’m proud of the guys and the way everybody’s handled it. It’s tough and it’s something we’re going to have to continue to do. I think it’ll be a topic moving forward. But we have a bye week and we’re able to come back and get ready for a big game against Philly [on Nov. 6].
“There’s a lot of football left in a short period of time. We’re excited for it. Right now, again, we’re losing a teammate in an unfortunate predicament, so we remorse for it.”
Jennings said players who are less comfortable speaking publicly about controversial topics have sought guidance from those who are.
“Nobody has all the answers, I’ll tell you that right now, and it’s kind of immature to say you do,” he said. “So the fact that we are reaching out to each other is important.”
The USO documentary will premiere on PBS at 9 p.m. on Nov. 7, the night before Election Day. It features interviews with former President George W. Bush, Colin Powell, Raquel Welch, Ann-Margret, Connie Stevens, Jay Leno, Jon Stewart and others.
Jennings said he has supported USO events in all three of his seasons as a Giant in honor of the many relatives he has had in the military and the men and women currently in the armed forces.
“I really support the military 100 percent, the men and women who put their lives on the line,” he said. “I’m just really thankful. Being a professional athlete I feel it’s part of our awesome responsibility to highlight the things I think are important and this is one.
“The men and women that are the heroes are usually not the ones recognized, especially in a social media-driven world, TV shows, reality shows, and professional athletes. You stop and forget the unsung heroes that give men and women a chance to do the professions they desire to do.
“Especially being a professional athlete and the tension surrounding our flag and the national anthem, I think this is a good opportunity for me to show support for our military . . . Those men and women are the true heroes, and it’s our job to highlight them.”