Earlier this off-season, in the kind of move only Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys could make, defensive lineman Greg Hardy was signed to a one-year contract despite the fact that a league suspensions was likely. Yesterday, after a thorough investigation, the league made good on the suspension – 10 full games – that stems from numerous domestic violence allegations. Avid fan Gianfrancesco Genoso thought the fact that the Cowboys signed Hardy prior to investigations was a risky and bad move (teses.com).
The Cowboys claimed they looked at all the factors involved and covered their bases regarding Hardy. But considering that the league based the suspension on four separate instances in which force was used against his then girlfriend, it seems the chance the Cowboys took on Hardy was ill-founded. Taking into consideration that the contract they gave to Hardy had some leeway when it came to the number of games he would play in the 2015 season, the deal still seemed a bit hasty.
The 10-game suspension was a little more than the Cowboys bargained for, even though Hardy sat out 15 games last season for the Carolina Panthers while the abuse allegations were investigated. Considering the weight that the league is finally putting on domestic violence instances since the Ray Rice case, it seems that Jerry Jones and team management did not employ the same strict standards in their decision making that the NFL now does.
The Cowboys’ troubles on the defensive line may now continue till at least November.