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Jason Garrett forced to address Greg Hardy’s claims of innocence on Twitter

Greg Hardy sent out another post on Twitter that had to be addressed by team brass.
Greg Hardy sent out another post on Twitter that had to be addressed by team brass. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Greg Hardy continues to make negative headlines for the Dallas Cowboys.

The latest came Wednesday morning when Hardy changed his Twitter account bio claiming his innocence in reference to the domestic violence incident he was involved in May 2014. Deadspin released photos last week of the injuries sustained by his ex-girlfriend during the alleged attack.

Hardy changed his Twitter bio to read: “Innocent until proven guilty-lack of knowledge & information is just ignorance-the unjust/prejudicial treatment of diff categories of people is discrimination.”

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett addressed this change with Hardy on Wednesday, and Hardy subsequently updated it again to reference 2-Pac.

Hardy’s current bio reads: “Come with me Hail Mary Run quick see What do we have here now wana be my ride or die La la la la la la (SuperBlockParty).”

“We just addressed it this morning,” Garrett said.

 

Asked if Hardy gets it, considering Garrett has met with him multiple times, Garrett replied: “I think the biggest thing we try to do with any player is just address things when they come up and address them in-house. We deal with things inside these walls and then we move forward.”

But this is the fourth incident involving Hardy that Garrett has had to address. It’s the second such with regards to Twitter, as Hardy made light of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in a post during the draft.

Hardy has also had to meet with team officials after his initial news conference with the media last month in which he made references to coming out “guns blazing” and joked about Tom Brady’s wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen. Another meeting took place with Hardy after his sideline antics, which included a confrontation with teammates and special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia, in the Cowboys’ loss at the New York Giants late last month.

The Cowboys have stuck by Hardy through it all, though, and have publicly said they would be open to signing him to a long-term deal.

“I think a big part of coaching is shaping a mentality and mindset and shaping behavior,” Garrett said. “We do that every day with 53 guys on our roster, 10 guys on our practice squad and with all of our coaches and staff.”

Hardy has been cleared of any wrongdoing legally for the May 2014 incident, reportedly reaching a financial settlement with his ex-girlfriend, Nicole Holder, but still faced discipline from the NFL.

About a month after Hardy signed with the Cowboys, the league handed him a 10-game suspension to start the season, which was later reduced to four games by an arbitrator. Hardy could have tried to get the suspension reduced further, or possibly eliminated, by taking it to federal court, but chose not to.

He accepted the punishment and made his Cowboys debut in Week 5 against New England. Hardy has recorded four sacks in his first four games with the Cowboys.

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