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NFL owners, executives, coaches and players have privately been expressing their displeasure over the league and the New York Giants‘ treatment of kicker Josh Brown and the domestic violence allegations against him, sources confirmed to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

One team owner has called the situation an “embarrassment,” sources said, as more information into Brown’s alleged abuse became public.

Brown was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list Friday after documents released by police showed the kicker acknowledged physical, verbal and emotional abuse against his wife, Molly Brown. The couple has since filed for divorce.

NFL senior vice president Adolpho Birch, in a letter sent to Brown, said the league wants to investigate further upon learning of the new documents, which were released by the King County (Washington) Sheriff’s Office and stem from Brown’s 2015 arrest.

But another NFL owner, sources told Schefter, questioned how the situation reached this point when the league implemented a domestic violence initiative under its personal conduct policy in 2014 and hired three female advisers to assist on these issues.

Two league officials believe the NFL was disinterested in Brown’s case when compared to the fervor with which it pursued the New England Patriots over Deflategate and touted the commissioner’s ability to discipline players, a source told Schefter.

CBS Sports first reported teams’ displeasure with the NFL’s handling of the situation.

The NFL implemented a six-game suspension for domestic violence cases in 2014, though no player has yet to be punished for six games. The policy allows for aggravating circumstances that can make the suspension longer or mitigating circumstances that can make it shorter.

In an interview with BBC Sport on Friday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said, “We take this issue incredibly seriously. This is something we’ve been working on with policy changes, to educating our players to make sure they understand how they deal with issues with their family, give them resources to be able to deal with this. But when it happens, we’re not going to tolerate it. So we have some new information here, we’ll evaluate that in the context of our policy, and we’ll take it from there.”

Brown was suspended by the NFL for the 2016 season opener following an initial report of domestic violence from May 2015, for which he was arrested but not charged.

On Friday, Giants coach Ben McAdoo said the team wasn’t going to abandon Brown, but multiple sources have expressed doubt to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen that Brown will ever kick again in the NFL.