Finally, there has been push back from the Dallas Cowboys regarding defensive end Greg Hardy’s controversial comments about New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s wife and a reference to guns.
Coach Jason Garrett said the situation was addressed with Hardy immediately following his interview on Tuesday when he made the comments.
“That’s not how we want to operate as an organization, players and coaches in our organization understand that,” Garrett said. “We want to distinguish ourselves with our play, not with what we say. We define ourselves by what we do, not by what we say. Greg understands that now and that’s how we’re going forward.”
Hardy met with the media for the first time since signing with the Cowboys in March after his departure from the Carolina Panthers. Among the more notable comments Hardy made centered on Brady’s wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen.
Hardy, who hasn’t played an NFL game in 14 months stemming from a May 2014 domestic violence incident in Charlotte, N.C., joked about why he loves facing Brady.
“I love seeing Tom Brady. He’s cool,” Hardy said. “Have you seen his wife? I hope she comes to the game; I hope her sister comes to the game, all her friends come to the game. One of my favorite games of the year, guys.”
Hardy also made a reference to guns in explaining his approach to Sunday’s game against the Patriots.
“I hope I come out guns blazin’,” Hardy said. “I’m full of excitement and full of juice. I’m ready to go. I have what they call fresh legs.”
An NFL probe found Hardy used four instances of physical force against his ex-girlfriend in the May 2014 incident, including one in which his ex-girlfriend landed on a futon covered with “at least four semiautomatic rifles.” In court, he was cleared of all charges because the victim did not show up to trial.
Garrett said Hardy understood why the Cowboys had a problem with the comments.
“Yeah, he’s very receptive, very respectful, appreciated my comments,” Garrett said. “Hopefully he’ll handle it the right way going forward.”
This is the second time the Cowboys have had to address controversial comments from Hardy
In May, a Panthers fan tweeted a photo of receivers Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess, calling them “the Twin Towers.” Hardy replied to the tweet: “didn’t the twin towers get blown up lol.”
Hardy later apologized and deleted the tweet.
Garrett wasn’t happy then, either. Nor was vice president Stephen Jones.
Said Jones at the time, “He’s obviously made a couple decisions that you’d rather him make a better decision. He’s under a microscope. He’s got to understand that. He’s a Dallas Cowboy and he came in here under some less than perfect conditions and a lot is expected, so I think he’s going to learn and do better as we move forward.”
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones may need the same kind of talk from Garrett.
According to Sports Illustrated, Jerry Jones had odd remarks when informed about Hardy’s comments about Brady’s wife at the NFL owners’ meeting.
“When I saw him marry [Gisele Bundchen], Tom went up in my eyes 100 percent,” Jones said. “She’s very very attractive and it shows what an outstanding individual Tom is.”
Jerry Jones also had no problem with Hardy’s reference to guns.
“Well, you’re not allowed to have guns on the football field,” Jones said. “We all know that’s just a way of expressing yourself. I hope his guns are ablazin’.”