Dallas defensive end Greg Hardy, who is facing a 10-game suspension for his role in a domestic violence case, stirred criticism Friday night with a joking reference on Twitter to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Hardy was responding to a fan of his former team in Carolina after the Panthers drafted a tall receiver for the second straight year. The fan referred to the receivers as "The Twin Towers" and included photos of both.
Hardy tweeted: "didn't the twin towers get blowN up lol."
The fan later responded: "It's the Twin Towers because of KB and Funchess's size, not because of what happened. C'mon now..."
The tweet came about a week after Hardy's agent acknowledged he had a verbal altercation with Cowboys defensive tackle Davon Coleman in an offseason workout.
Carolina drafted 6-foot-5 receiver Devin Funchess in the second round Friday night after getting 6-5 Kelvin Benjamin in the first round last year.