A year and a half ago, Dallas Cowboys defensive end, Greg Hardy (then with Carolina Panthers) was arrested for beating his girlfriend. Hardy was found guilty of assault during a bench trial, but the charges were later dismissed, and the NFL allowed him to continue on as if he never beat the crap out of a woman. On Friday, Deadspin released a police photo of Hardys bruised ex-girlfriend, Nicole Holder. The picture caused outrage across the sports world and two Philadelphia Eagles players are now bragging about roughing the Cowboys DE up in Sundays game.
According to Nicole Holder, Hardy threw her against a tile bathtub wall, tossed her on a futon that was covered in assault rifles, and choked her until she told him to kill me so I dont have to. Holder was found running down the street, barefoot and crying when a police officer stopped her. She told the officer that it didnt matter what happened to her because he was going to get away with it anyway.
It turns out, she wasnt wrong. He had his conviction overturned and went on to sign with the Cowboys, but that doesnt mean people arent pissed off.
ESPN reported that Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson and center Jason Kelce held nothing back after the game on Sunday as they expressed their disgust with Hardy:
Any time I had a chance to put a little extra mustard on a block, I tried, Johnson said, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. He wasnt all that emotional in the game. I guess he is in other games. I dont know if the stuff got to him on the news, but he kind of seemed out of it a little bit.
Kelce said he has no respect for the player and was aghast that he is allowed to continue playing as if nothing happened:
Im glad he didnt have a good day. Its a joke a guy like that is able to play this quickly…Three people I have zero respect for in this world: People who hit women, who molest children, and rapists.
The two Eagles players were not the only ones outraged that Hardy still has a job. ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith said:
What were talking about here is a guy who doesnt deserve to be on an NFL roster. He needs to just be cut immediately. Lets just be clear and I dont want to be a hypocrite here because, again, we live in a very visual society and Im a victim of that from the perspective of when I saw those pictures for the first time Friday, I said My God, why is this guy in the NFL?
The ESPN host originally supported Hardy, but after seeing the pictures he changed his mind. Unfortunately, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones doesnt see what the big deal is probably because Hardy makes him so much money and released a statement supporting the player:
#Cowboys owner Jerry Jones released a statement on Greg Hardy saying they were aware of the seriousness of it all pic.twitter.com/2iUbV6Rnh9
Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 7, 2015
The sports world is left asking,why the hell is he allowed to continue playing? and some are speculating that it is because he is such a big star, compared to Ray Rice who also committed an act of domestic violence. It seems like they may be right and what kind of message does that send to all of the women in this country?
Sorry, we dont care if someone beats the shit out of you as long as they play football well.
That is certainly what it sounds like.
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