I need to consult Criss Angel because this is going to be tricky.
I’m going to attempt to continue to root for America’s Team, while somehow refusing to cheer for their once-convicted woman-abuser named Greg Hardy.
The signing of Hardy is disgusting. It’s a slap in the face to all female Cowboys fans, including their famed cheerleaders. And it’s unequivocal proof the Dallas Cowboys are hypocrites that covet winning above all else while sheepishly, fraudulently trying to sell character.
I’m not denying that Hardy is an elite pass-rusher who will help fill one of the Cowboys’ biggest holes. And I admit that the cap-friendly, incentive-based contract could wind up being a steal of a deal. It’s just that … well, have you read the testimony from Hardy’s trial in North Carolina?
I mean, sure it’s the NFL and it’s no place for Boy Scouts. And a lot of folks live by Billy Joel’s line from Only The Good Die Young: “I’d rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints.”
But in this case it’s impossible to separate the player from the person. Cheer Hardy on Sundays next fall and you’ll be applauding the man once convicted of two counts of assault and threatening to shoot his girlfriend dead. Said the woman during the trial: “I was so scared I wanted to die.”
After hearing the evidence, a North Carolina judge ruled that he was “entirely convinced” Hardy assaulted the woman. It was a bench verdict, and in that state you can appeal to a jury trial. But before that trial began, the girlfriend mysteriously — and for Hardy, conveniently — disappeared and the case was dismissed on appeal.
In other words Hardy did the crime, but he didn’t do the time.
He might be suspended by the NFL. And the Panthers outright released him. The team that knows Hardy the best wants him the least. But with the Cowboys, criminals always seem to find a welcoming halfway house. Maybe Hardy’s locker will be sandwiched between Joseph Randle and Josh Brent, just so they can swap stories.
Obviously those tear-filled, anti-domestic abuse, “NO MORE” public service announcements funded by the NFL didn’t exactly strike a nerve with Jerry Jones. And boy does Jason Garrett’s mantra of wanting “the right kind of guys” ever ring hollow today.
It was nauseating watching Jones share a handshake and a big guffaw with Hardy Wednesday at Valley Ranch.
Next thing you know the Cowboys will announce their replacement for DeMarco Murray: Ray Rice.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.