Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings: Hardy Signing “A Shot in the Gut”

Mike Rawlings isn't happy that the Cowboys signed controversial defensive end Greg Hardy

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings isn’t happy with the Cowboys’ signing of defensive end Greg Hardy, saying Thursday that “as a Cowboys fan, this was a shot in the gut.”

The signing was a controversial one for obvious reasons. Hardy was accused of domestic violence last year and spent all but one game on the Commissioner’s Exempt List as a result. The charges were ultimately dismissed during Hardy’s appeal, when the  victim couldn’t be located by court officials but he could still face discipline from the league.

“I’m a big Cowboys fan. I love them to death and I want them to beat the Eagles every time they play,” Rawlings said, per Sarah Mervosh of the Dallas Morning News. “But at some point, being a sports fan gets trumped by being a father, husband, wanting to do what’s right for women, so this is not a good thing. I don’t think I’m going to be buying Hardy jerseys any time soon.”

Rawlings made clear that he will remain a fan of the Cowboys, but “that doesn’t mean I have to agree with every play that’s called and every person that’s hired, and in this case, I don’t.”

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