On Friday I said the Cowboys should pursue Ray Rice. Because, after all, the bar on the caliber of class has already been lowered to the gutter with the signing of Greg Hardy.
But, as I’ve written before, the ideal situation is to have a team and an organization that doesn’t need criminals to win championships. And I’ve got pretty good company echoing that sentiment.
Roger Staubach ring a bell?
“I don't have any tolerance toward domestic violence,” the Cowboys’ Hall-of-Fame quarterback said Friday in an interview on KTCK-AM radio in Dallas. “If I was making the decision, it probably wouldn't have been good for the Cowboys.”
Hardy, of course, was found guilty of domestic abuse against his ex-girlfriend but had the charges ultimately dropped when she disappeared. He missed all except one game last season and on Thursday will appeal his 2015 10-game suspension.
While future Cowboys’ Hall of Famer and anti-domestic violence advocate Jason Witten has said he’ll be accepting of Hardy, not so with the man that led Dallas to its first two Super Bowls.
“I wouldn't really enjoy being in the locker room with someone I knew was a domestic violence person,” Staubach said. “I would have really had a hard time with a teammate that you look at as a courageous, tough guy on the football field ... to abuse a woman in any shape or form, there's just no excuse for it.”
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 lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.