NFL Ignored Domestic Violence–Again–This Time With Greg Hardy
Apparently according to the NFL, domestic violence is only a crime if there pictures of it that are publicized. Check out the Ray Rice coverage for a brief history in the NFL’s policies of ignore until publicized, ignore until photo evidence, and then ignore until it costs them money because the photo evidence is publicized:
And, it begins anew with Greg Hard: first, it never happened; second, he is supposedly “found innocent” in flawed proceedings; third, photo evidence published online incriminates NFL; fourth, NFL responds to public outrage claiming innocence.
The Dallas Cowboys saw the police report from the night of Hardy’s abuse and the court transcripts from his bench trial, which convicted him of assaulting Holder. But the team signed Hardy last offseason anyway, and then defiantly stood by their star pass rusher even after heshowed zero remorse for his violence. (Hardy tweeted an apology of sorts on Saturday to“express regret for what happened in the past.”)..
Fellow NFL players had remained mum on Hardy, content to watch their union fight to reduce Hardy’s initial 10-game suspension for beating Holder to 4 games. Last month, ESPN pundit Stephen A. Smith tweeted his support for the Cowboys’ continued employment of Hardy. The story has changed now. After seeing the photos, Smith flip-flopped, calling for the Cowboys to cut Hardy on Sunday. Smith, a professional and influential journalist, shouldn’t have needed photo evidence to inform his feelings about the Hardy situation. The evidence was already there.
The Cowboys were asked on Friday if they had seen the photos of Holder before signing Hardy.They hadn’t, despite the fact that the NFL had successfully sued North Carolina to access them. But they shouldn’t have needed to. Photos and videos of abuse can educate the public, but they should not be used by organizations as a defense of their support for someone like Hardy.
Despite their professed innocence, the NFL stated that they were “giving him a second chance.” Second chances are generally only given when a first one has been taken.
The Cowboys have been both publicly and privately supportive of the troubled defensive lineman.
“We decided we were giving him a second chance, but in doing so, the expectations and the standards we set would be very clear to him and how he and, really, everybody else is supposed to conduct themselves on the football field and off the football field,” Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said, per ESPN.com.
When will the NFL stop playing games with women’s lives?
Women are only as important as their bruises? Or photos of their bruises?
4-Game suspension? How about just clearing the field of abusive players altogether. It’s tough to stomach football when it becomes a celebration of violence against women. I
t’s important to note that Greg Hardy was found guilty of criminal domestic violence, but when he paid off his victim, and perhaps the prosecutors, the crimes just “went away.” Funny how the NFL erases crimes against women.