Greg Hardy Gets Off Easy
New Cowboys defensive end has an uphill battle to climb, but who is the real monster?
Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy had his 10 game suspension reduced to four by the NFL for his domestic violence incident that happened in April of 2014 involving his now ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder.
Arbitrator Harold Henderson stated “I find that the conduct of Hardy clearly violates the letter and spirit of any version of the (personal conduct policy) since its inception, and of the NFL Constitution and Bylaws long before then. The egregious conduct exhibited here is indefensible in the NFL,” and Henderson went on to say “However, ten games is simply too much, in my view, of an increase over prior cases without notice such as was done last year, when the ‘baseline’ for discipline in domestic violence or sexual assault cases was announced as a six-game suspension.”
My response to Mr. Henderson’s statement, umm…huh?
If it were up to me Greg Hardy would never set foot on the football field ever again and after reading the details of the report of what he did to his girlfriend he’s a very lucky man that Holder didn’t cooperate, thus the state dismissing the case, but that’s not the point here.
What Hardy did to her was sickening and the NFL needed to make a statement. He obviously wasn’t going to be kicked out of the league for what he did, so when the league dropped a 10 game suspension on Hardy I was comfortable with that because I know the NFL is to chicken to be tough on their players.
Just look at the Ray Rice situation. Had we not seen video footage of the punch he threw, there’s no doubt in my mind Rice would be on an NFL roster right now, however that’s not the case and Rice is still looking for work.
Roger Goodell just doesn’t seem to understand that he’s got a serious problem with players and off the field issues, either that or he just doesn’t care about it whatsoever. It took the NFL two months to investigate and suspend Hardy and Goodell has done nothing at all taking a backseat to the whole thing.
Think about that for a second. The commissioner of a multi-billion dollar business is not doing a damn thing about a serious problem involving one of its employees. He hasn’t even made a comment on the situation. It’s absolutely sickening and just awful that it’s taken this long to handle a matter that should’ve been handled right away.
Unfortunately Hardy will undeservingly get to make up to $13.1 million this year playing for the Cowboys. A man that should not be allowed back in the league will be allowed to step on the field without a care in the world come week 5 and it’s just sad because we’re going to put the whole situation behind us. Unless Hardy screws up again, he’ll go on with his career making millions upon millions of dollars because of the coward that runs this league, and the more he shies away from this controversy the more players are going to think they can get away from it.
Action needs to be taken immediately, however I feel at this point in time with Goodell, it’s like talking to a brick wall. Nothing is going to happen and Goodell is going to continue to let stuff like domestic violence charges go with just a slap on the wrist.