The Dallas Cowboys are doing everything in their power to embrace Greg Hardy while at the same time not touching him. They want him and his services, but prefer to do nothing about his suspension. They want him on their defense, they support him, and they don’t want a thing to do with “his issue.”
They have made it clear that whatever happens with Hardy’s suspension, it’s on him.
At this point, why not just go all in? The team already absorbed the negative PR hit when they signed him to a one-year deal back in March, so what does it matter if they try to lobby on his behalf?
The defensive end recently had his NFL 10-game suspension reduced to four games by an arbitrator, and so far no one has made a move to see if that number can be further cut. The suspension was as a result of his involvement in a domestic violence case with an ex-girlfriend when he was a member of the Carolina Panthers.
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Right now, Hardy can practice and play in the fake football games, aka preseason. After that, he waits.
I asked Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on Wednesday if there was any change to Hardy’s status, and whether any attempt has been made to have that suspension further reduced.
“His group, his advisors, are considering it. The chief advisors that he has is the players’ association and I know of no changes,” Jerry said.
Jerry then tried to dance around whether he wants Hardy to pursue this legal move.
“No, I think they are in the best vantage point,” Jerry said. “Everybody out here wants every player out here to spend as much time on the field as he possibly can in the right sort of way. And so automatically you just say anything that gets a player more of a chance to play, well that’s what we’re in the business of doing. Getting them out there to play. As we know there are a lot of other extenuating circumstances. He’s a player we’re proud to have. We’re glad it has evolved to a point where we’re going to have him on the field this year and have him on the field right off the bat, to help build this team immediately.”
The Cowboys want and need Hardy, but they are acting as if they don’t touch his suspension that it absolves them from signing a guy with a massive red flag on his resume. All of that talk about “teaching moments” and using Hardy’s signing to increase awareness about domestic violence is long gone; now, this is about just not talking about the issue.
If you don’t talk about the issue, then there is no issue.
There is, of course, and the Cowboys knew that when they signed a dynamic pass rusher to a one-year contract. They signed Hardy because they needed him. There is no getting around the fact they signed a guy with a serious case of domestic violence. Nothing is going to change that.
They already took the PR hit to sign Greg Hardy, so they may as well push to have Greg Hardy as much as they can.
Mac Engel, 817-390-7760