The New York Giants have waived Michael Bowie, an offensive lineman accused of domestic violence, but did not close the door on his future with the franchise.
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“We have waived Michael Bowie,” general manager Jerry Reese said Wednesday in a statement sent to reporters via email. “As we have already stated, we were made aware of this situation on Saturday. The league has started to gather more information. That process will continue. The outcome of that process will determine whether there is another opportunity here for Michael.”.
Bowie did not travel with the Giants for Monday night’s preseason game against the Cleveland Browns. Instead, Bowie turned himself in to Oklahoma police, who on Aug. 19 had issued a warrant for his arrest on charges of misdemeanor domestic assault and battery and two counts of malicious injury or destruction of property, according to court records in Oklahoma.
According to the Tulsa World, Bowie allegedly grabbed his girlfriend by the neck and threw her to the ground during a fight about finances that escalated when she made a comment about his mother, per Tulsa County assistant district attorney Kenneth Elmore.
This is a departure from the way the franchise last handled a domestic violence incident.
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The NFL suspended former place kicker Josh Brown for one game in August 2016 for a violation of the personal conduct policy. Though not reported at the time, the suspension stemmed from his role in several domestic violence incidents against his former wife.
The Giants even signed Brown to a new two-year deal in April 2016. In October, however, new information came to light with the publishing of documents by the State of Washington that provided details of Brown’s multiple domestic violence incidents.
After the documents were released, the team announced that Brown would not travel to London for New York’s following game. The Giants initially offered public support for Brown, even though team co-owner John Mara acknowledged that Brown admitted to them that he had abused his wife.
After a strong wave of public criticism decried the team’s actions, the Giants later released Brown the following week.
Bowie, 25, was a seventh-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks in 2013, but he has not appeared in an NFL regular-season game since his rookie season after bouncing around the league. The Giants had signed him to a futures contract earlier this year.