Dallas mayor calls signing of Greg Hardy “a shot in the gut”

AP

Signing a talented player with a troubled past always creates a reaction.

But the attitude toward the Cowboys in the wake of the addition of Greg Hardy has drawn sharp rebukes there.

It was one thing for a local sportscaster to blast the Cowboys for adding a guy who missed most of last year because of domestic violence charges, but now the local government has chimed in.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said the signing was disappointing to him: “As a Cowboys fan, this was a shot in the gut.”

“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, via 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 has campaigned for anti-domestic violence efforts since taking office, and made it clear he wasn’t happy with the team, which isn’t an easy stance for a politician there to take.

Like New Jersey governor Chris Christie, he’s watched Cowboys games from Jerry Jones’ suite, and has made the traditional yet corny mayor’s bets during the playoffs.

But despite his fandom, he remains opposed to the idea of Hardy, even though the criminal charges against the free agent defensive end were thrown out after a civil settlement was reached.

“It is something that I heard about and immediately called the Cowboys this morning. I had a couple of conversations with them because I wanted to hear their side,” Rawlings said.

He said the team told him they “took this very seriously,” saying their background checks and the structure of Hardy’s contract offered some degree of protection and/or incentive for their newest addition to stay out of trouble.

The mayor said he’s still a fan, 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.”

And that likely makes him like many Cowboys fans, who have learned to deal with varying degrees of moral ambiguity over the years.

182 responses to “Dallas mayor calls signing of Greg Hardy “a shot in the gut”

  1. It’s surprising, because Texas has always been first when it comes to the women’s rights.

  2. Are all of these people ignorant to Hardy’s case? He was acquitted on all charges and has no criminal record at least when it comes to this case. What the heck has happened to this country? Regardless of what our justice system determines, we all somehow feel like we are above it and can cast our own judgements.

  3. This is a fine example of why people understand that the Goodell and Jerrahs of the NFL are just uber-wealthy suits who pay a lot of lip service to doing the right thing, but will smile and slap you on the back — as they’re lying to your face and stooping to ever-lower depths.

    Jerrah’s taking this matter “very seriously” rings about as true as Goodell’s claims that he accepts “full responsibility.”

  4. “He said the team told him they “took this very seriously,” saying their background checks and the structure of Hardy’s contract offered some degree of protection ”

    In other words, “Don’t worry. He may hurt women, but he won’t hurt us. We’ll be fine if he does it again.”

  5. Jerrah showed his real character with this signing, winning at all costs even if the end doesn’t justify the means. What a loser of an organization.

  6. Give me a break… they will love him after sack #1.

    The hate is only from people who have ZERO knowledge about his case. Anyone who even glanced at the relevant facts knows this was never getting anywhere near an actual conviction.

  7. All this false indignation will go away when he starts sacking quarterbacks.

    If this girl really wanted justice, she would have shown up in court and gotten her due, instead of taking a huge wad of cash and disappeared. She had no injuries and got her payday.

  8. As a Redskins fan I dislike most things regarding the Dallas team. After hearing the account of what he did, charged or not, it is appalling that any team would have picked him up.

  9. Very well put…..sounds like a polished politician……(or fan who really wants to win)

  10. I think what would scare me the most is:

    Who will his next victim be? We pretty much know she will be from the Dallas area now, so that narrows it down a little. How bad will it get this time?

  11. “Watchdog says:
    Mar 20, 2015 9:38 AM
    Are all of these people ignorant to Hardy’s case? He was acquitted on all charges and has no criminal record at least when it comes to this case. What the heck has happened to this country? Regardless of what our justice system determines, we all somehow feel like we are above it and can cast our own judgements.”

    Oh, I don’t know…. Just maybe it has something to do with him paying off the witness…

  12. Jerry Jones has created an atmosphere with this signing, that you can either be a Cowboy’s fan, or you can be a good family man, but you can no longer now be both.

  13. As long as winning trumps all nothing will change. If you want to beat women or kill someone driving drunk, being a sports star is the best profession.

  14. Read up on how NC law works, read up on this woman’s past transgressions, and check your outrage at the door. Lie with dogs and you get fleas… And that is directed towards both hardy and the woman.

  15. He’s a politician which means one thing: he’s lying. Actually, he’s thrilled with the Cowboys signing Hardy. It will take plastic surgery to remove his grin if Adrian Peterson ends up in Big D.

  16. This has, and always will be “the cowboy way” with Jerry Jones. Look at their team that won in the 90’s, those were not choir boys. If they win, nobody will not complain during the parade down Main St.

  17. Note to Greg Hardy…you might not want to wear a “wife beater” in public going forward. Especially, you know, if you beat women. Allegedly.

  18. wait until the cowboys sign ray rice and trade for adrian peterson what will the mayor of dallas be saying then ? he’ll be in the stands at jerry’s palace oogling at the cheerleaders shouting how ’bout them cowboys ! book it. typical hypocrite politician .

  19. This is a great football move, not a great PR move. If Hardy has a great season and keeps his nose clean it’ll be a great move all around. Of course if he messes up he’ll get cut. I wish the Raiders had the courage of Jerry Jones and had signed Hardy.

  20. Watchdog said: “Are all of these people ignorant to Hardy’s case? He was acquitted on all charges and has no criminal record at least when it comes to this case. What the heck has happened to this country? Regardless of what our justice system determines, we all somehow feel like we are above it and can cast our own judgements.”

    Um … I live in Charlotte and um … that’s a pretty bad spin. Google it. Found guilty by a judge … Hardy appealed for a jury trial … the victim/principal witness then disappeared after being paid off.

  21. I wondered why all of these people are so delusional over Dallas signing this guy, since he was acquitted (like the Nascar driver whose charges were dropped, and is now back to racing).

    Then I saw a picture of the woman who originally accused Hardy, and now it makes sense

  22. From the Charlotte Observer “Carolina Panther Greg Hardy was found guilty Tuesday night of assaulting his former girlfriend and threatening to kill her. ”

    I just wonder what part of “found guilty” makes some of these commenters think he was acquitted?

  23. Oh how times change………..I remember reading all of the Cowboys’ fans comments last fall when Panthers’ fans wanted Hardy reinstated. Everyone was quick to chime in that he “was found guilty” and bashed the organization and fans who wanted him to play. Now they are defending Hardy and trying to explain the very charges and situation Panthers’ fans were stating 6 months ago. With that said, I hope he gets in trouble again………….which he will. Good day.

  24. He hasn’t been convicted of anything. There have been Many players Convicted of much worse than he was accused of. Now we get fake outrage from a politician who should get sued for interfering with Mr. Hardy’s right to earn a living.

  25. Dallas should do like the Houston Texans do and hire only solid citizens (I say that lightly). Of course they would never win anything, but we could watch them lose with a clean heart.

  26. The NFL has talked out of both sides of its mouth for years. They support player safety as well as an 18-game season. They take a harsh stance against their own when it comes to substance abuse and DUIs, but can’t fill stadiums with enough beer. They beat their chests as America’s most popular and successful sports, and then demand taxpayer support to build new stadiums.

    The mayor has a right to be disappointed, but he shouldn’t be surprised.

  27. Anyone else find it amusing that player contracts need to have “stay out of trouble” incentives? Oh, you didn’t beat the hell out of someone this year? Good for you, here’s a bonus check, we’re so proud!

  28. innocent people would definitely prefer a jury trial to one decided by a mostly likely biased judge.

    also the woman taking the money and running proves that this was a shakedown all along

  29. Didn’t Eric Walden get in trouble for a fighting with his wife (or girl friend) while in Green Bay? Was this the same one that just came after him and his new girl friend with a gun, bat, and then a knife? Some times it is the girl that is bat crap crazy. Maybe Hardy is a bad guy or maybe he just hooked up with the wrong person. The NFL should let the Criminal Justice System be judge and jury, not the Great OZ behind the curtain.

  30. What was the mayor’s comments on the tagging of Dez Bryant? How about bringing Josh Brent back on the roster? Any statement on Joseph Randle?

    It is easy to “make a stand” when you are just echoing public opinion. Greg Hardy is the worst person in the history of the world until the next worst person in the history of the world steps up to the plate to be vilified.

  31. “Are all of these people ignorant to Hardy’s case? He was acquitted on all charges and has no criminal record at least when it comes to this case.”

    He wasn’t acquitted. The charges were dropped because the plaintiff didn’t show up. She didn’t show up because Hardy bought her off. Her Facebook page was covered with photos of an extended European vacation in all 5 star hotels and 1st class flights.

    Now it was her choice to accept being bought off, but don’t go claiming Hardy was innocent because of that.

  32. I LOVE reading the cow girl fans ignoring ANY shred of dignity and morals at the first sign of a 10 plus sack season from this dude. You clowns are the biggest hypocrites on earth. Dez slaps someone at Walmart, “boys being boys” Hardy beats the crap out of a girl “she’s a gold digger and deserved it”! Read the truth from the Charlotte observer and other Panther sites. Hardy beat the hell out of this girl. The judge was going to throw the book at him. However Hardy’s people got to her and paid her a bunch of money not to show in court and she didn’t. She’s a smart gold digger, and probably a crappy person BUT you hypocrites, he still beat her and SHE is a woman! Unless directly being attacked you never put your hands on a woman end of story, and even if attacked you only do enough to remove yourself from danger. But hey, he can sack Eli, Bradford, and RG3 a few times a year so we’ll ignore it and hope he doesn’t kill his next victim. At least be honest and say you don’t care about domestic abuse and love your cowboys more than protecting women. I have seen the affects of what ignoring wife beaters does, and trust me, you wouldn’t be so cavalier about letting Hardy on your team if he was also dating your little girl.

  33. Just a couple of points here. 1. No one cares what the Mayor of Dallas thinks on the matter. 2. Double wide the Gov of NJ needs to worry more about his expanding belt line and declining poll numbers than he does about what is going on with an NFL team in TX. 3. Hardy hasn’t been found guilty of anything an last I checked (even if the current administration wants to change it) we are still in America, we still have certain unalienable rights such as the right to be presumed innocent until we are found guilty in a court of law. The court of public opinion doesn’t mean squat.

  34. If there was REALLY nothing there, the NFL would never have suspended them. The truth that we’ll never know is probably a lot closer to the truth the NFL knows and that’s why he got suspended and that’s why we wont know because they covered it up.

    When his own ex-teamates call him uncontrollable you have to believe there’s A LOT there we haven’t seen that we don’t need to see to know what he’s capable of.

    Hope it all works out for the best.

  35. Rawlings is a politcian.

    The signing of Greg Hardy was a talent decision not a character decision.

    The signing of Greg Hardy is a done deal.

    What does Rawlings hope to accomplish from his bully-pulpit by rousing the rabble against Hardy? Is he up for re-election and wanted to score points from the women’s voting bloc?

    My point is, nothing constructive can come from his self-righteous comments. His comments are DEstructive and divisive.

    Shame on him. No wisdom. SMDH.

  36. What ever happen to forgiveness? Seams to me that if the woman really wanted to prosecute him she wouldn’t have taken the $$$$. But she did, she took the $$$$. Now that being said. Hardy was wrong for what he did.NO DOUBT ABOUT IT!! But what about her. She gets to file charges, get paid and then not follow up on the charges. So let’s just go through life NEVER! forgiving people ever again. I have a mother, 2 sisters 2 daughters 4 grand daughters and countless nieces. The guy should be punished, but should you take his whole career away from him. I say NO! The rule says once: suspended. Twice: out of the league. So let’s just see. Hey! Somebody had to give him a job. Why not Dallas. I guess if he had went to Tampa Bay, then they would be the bad guys. Don’t like what he did, but the DALLAS COWBOYS are in the bussiness of winning football games. Not the bussiness of judgement.

  37. FYI, Hardy was not acquitted. The charges were dismissed when the witness/complainant failed to appear in court. ‘Acquittal’ is what happens when the case is fully presented with evidence and testimony and a decision is made by a judge or jury finding the defendant not guilty.

  38. Odds are the mayor has people on his own staff who aren’t any better than Hardy. Not excusing anything the guy did but domestic violence is everywhere and it’s funny how everybody fixates on a few high profile cases while ignoring the stuff right in their own backyard.

  39. Funny how Hardy didn’t have these issues until the day he signed a 13.1 million franchise tender with the panthers and decided he didn’t want Nelly’s leftovers.
    Anyone who thinks he got a break doesn’t know Charlotte. These NASCAR fans would have him under the jail if there was a shred of physical evidence against him.

  40. Classic political grandstanding. This is how he courts the women’s vote…by expressing “misgivings” and “concern”…costs him nothing. Free votes.

  41. Watchdog says:
    Mar 20, 2015 9:38 AM
    Are all of these people ignorant to Hardy’s case? He was acquitted on all charges and has no criminal record at least when it comes to this case. What the heck has happened to this country? Regardless of what our justice system determines, we all somehow feel like we are above it and can cast our own judgements.
    ******************
    He was not acquitted. He was convicted the first case, won a new trial. The second trial never went to the jury.
    Therefore he was never acquitted. The charges were dropped, but he was never acquitted.

  42. @floriotime: I’m not sure you are correct I your post. A few years ago, one of my brothers lived in Dallas. He moved there because he met a kind, very beautiful girl. When she drank, she often started fights that became physical. The police would get called and the first thing they did was separate both of them to get the stories. Once they realized she was clearly the instigator, she’d get taken in. That caused her to get help and give up drinking. They’ve been together for over 20 yrs now and have lived in several states. According to her, anywhere else and he would get arrested every time. Four kids wouldn’t be living in a happy healthy home with a sober loving mother.

  43. “What does Rawlings hope to accomplish from his bully-pulpit by rousing the rabble against Hardy?”

    So if someone steals your car there’s no point making a fuss … the car’s gone?

  44. Soon as Hardy racks up a bunch of sacks the mayor will name a street after him (Hardy Ave). Once he has another DV issue the mayor will change the street name to Battered Way.

  45. A politician’s moral stance is based on what he or she thinks will get him or her the most votes.

  46. For those of you out there who keep bringing up the “found guilty” by the judge, and then won on appeal… you clearly have very little knowledge about the legal system. Not only do judges make mistakes all the time, they also are far more likely to find a person guilty (by statistics) than a jury of ones peers. I don’t know why Hardy settled for a trial by the judge is beyond me. I will take my chances with a jury any day. As for the case dismissed, it means exactly that. Once expunged, it can no longer be held against a person for future charges, employers, etc. If she didn’t show to testify the second time and took a payoff, seems to me that is what she was after in the first place. On a final note, where is the video tape, pictures of injuries or bruises, or any other solid proof that he did what she said? Remember, money sometimes is the entire objective. If he did it, with proof, then he should have seen jail time like anyone would have too.

  47. HE WAS NOT AQUITTED MORONS. The victim took the money in exchange for refusing to testify. Anyone who has read the police report, which includes having Hardy’s assistant hold her down while he beats her, should be totally outraged.

  48. “The hate is only from people who have ZERO knowledge about his case. Anyone who even glanced at the relevant facts knows this was never getting anywhere near an actual conviction.”

    Speaking of zero knowledge…. The judge did find him guilty on two counts of domestic violence but he asked for a trial per NC law. Also, how don’t you know the only reason this didn’t go to trial is because he paid off the woman he beat. That said, it’s hard to get a conviction when there’s no trial and sad that this woman decided to take the money instead of standing up to this guy who likely will do this to another woman.

  49. Just a way for all these guys (sports commentators, politicians etc) to make a name for themselves. He was going to sign with someone. Maybe it would’ve been better to sign in the liberal NW Seattle or in Tampa where they haven’t been relevant in a long time…. If he signed in Seattle and Seattle went on to win the SB they could spin it as the Comeback player of the year (like a certain Ravens LB) But he signed with the Cowboys… OUTRAGE!!

    Great structure to the deal for the Cowboys also…. (Making every hater butt hurt also) haha. They basically lose nothing IF he doesnt play

  50. Yet he hasn’t said a word about the player on the team that has killed someone while driving under the influence.

  51. jjackwagon says:
    Mar 20, 2015 9:59 AM
    From the Charlotte Observer “Carolina Panther Greg Hardy was found guilty Tuesday night of assaulting his former girlfriend and threatening to kill her. ”

    I just wonder what part of “found guilty” makes some of these commenters think he was acquitted?

    _________________

    I wonder what part of “the bench trial violated his constitutional right to a trial by jury and therefore doesn’t count” people don’t understand.

  52. We know why Jerruh signed Mr. Hardy. He does not care what he is involved in as long he can help the Boys get to the holy grail….the Super Bowl. He could have smacked his mama and Jerruh and the Boys would not care. There should be a ban for life for some infractions and this is one of them. If you can be banned for betting on games, then you can be banned for harming another person and not bu buying your way out of it.

  53. For those that say “acquitted”, make sure you get your story straight…

    Found guilty by a judge, he appealed so verdict was vacated and went to a jury trial, witnes fails to show for jury trial, so charges dropped.

    he was never found “not guilty”, or acquitted.

  54. @Watchdog

    You keep pumping out the same crap. He was not acquited, he was CONVICTED. He appealed in order to get a jury trial, paid off the woman he assaulted and CONVICTED of that assault to dissapear and the prosecutor’s had to drop the charges. EVERYONE understands that he is guilty, no one has any doubt what he did, EVERYONE. If he was acquited, he could not be tried again, he would have been found “not guilty”. The jury trial couldn’t go forward because he had paid the woman off to dissapear.

    The cowboys just added a very bad individual to their team.

  55. He did not “win” an appeal. He appealed the judges verdict, which is his right. That’s the legal process in NC… nobody won anything.

    And, no, it can’t be held against him for future legal issues, but potential employers sure can. Why do you think he wasn’t signed sooner? Great football player… but toxic.

  56. Watchdog says: Mar 20, 2015 9:38 AM

    Are all of these people ignorant to Hardy’s case? He was acquitted on all charges and has no criminal record at least when it comes to this case. What the heck has happened to this country? Regardless of what our justice system determines, we all somehow feel like we are above it and can cast our own judgements.
    __________________________________
    I’m typically an innocent until proven guilty guy, but let’s be clear about what happened here. The case against him died after he bought off the victim in an undisclosed (but most likely quite large) civil case settlement. Domestic violence cases are tough enough to prosecute, but if you can’t count on the victim to testify there’s really no point in going forward. Hardy saw the writing on the wall and knew that, in the current climate, his actions could have meant the end of his career. So, while the settlement was almost certainly a large one, I’m sure it’s pocket change compared to what he would have lost had he been convicted.

  57. Did this same Mayor speak up last year when the Cowboys brought back a player that was driving drunk, crashed, and another teammate died in that crash??? I don’t recall…

  58. He was also never found guilty, or pled nolo contendere. Vacated in most states is the equivalent of case dismissed, which is the equivalent of “not guilty”. I have noticed the one word no one has used that I can find is “innocent”, we don’t know that without seeing the police report and facts, including pictures of the victim showing bumps, bruises, etc… the guns that we’re supposedly laying on the couch, etc. Even if he was found guilty, there is nothing that says a person doesn’t deserve a second chance in life, most of us have had them for one reason or another.

  59. bhlobos says:
    Mar 20, 2015 10:51 AM
    For those that say “acquitted”, make sure you get your story straight…

    Found guilty by a judge, he appealed so verdict was vacated and went to a jury trial, witnes fails to show for jury trial, so charges dropped.

    he was never found “not guilty”, or acquitted.
    —————-
    So, just like the rest of us here, he was never convicted of domestic violence. Isn’t that the important part here?

  60. As a lifelong Cowboys fan and native Texan I’m disgusted with his signing. However I do see a double standard in Texas as we openly applaud corporal punishment as a way to raise our kids yet tar and feather people that commit domestic abuse. Wrong is wrong is wrong…..

  61. dansardo says:
    Mar 20, 2015 10:56 AM

    @Watchdog

    You keep pumping out the same crap. He was not acquited, he was CONVICTED.

    —————————————————-

    He was passed up to an actual court by a female judge running on women’s rights in an election year.

    Look into the facts that this “impartial” (LOL) judge overlooked before passing the buck… This was a joke from day 1.

  62. So what is Rawlings saying? If you are accused in the USA you don’t have a right to work. If Hardy was hired to flip burgers at McDonalds would Rawlings call McDonalds and say they shouldn’t hire the guy? Should all accused people move out of Dallas because they are not welcome there?

  63. OMG. As a Ravens fan who has taken my share of abuse on the RR case, reading these comments here are amazing, not in a good way.

    “She’s a gold digger”

    “He was acquitted”

    The mayor is only doing this to “court” the womens vote.

    Oh my. You all really need to read the account of what Greg Hardy did and the physical condition of his partner. He got off because (I’m guessing) he paid her off to not be found for the 2nd trial. The fact is, she did not show so there was not witness to convict him.

    What Greg Hardy did was far closer to what Rae Carruth did, than Ray Rice.

  64. I thought in this country you are innocent until proven guilty? He has not been convicted of a crime so why should he be allowed to play. Can we review the mayors office to look at all the criminal records of employees and is he willing to get rid of them as well. So in essence anyone who has been accused of abuse should just live in homeless shelters because they should not be allowed to earn a dime going forward.

  65. Seriously! A politician “whose actually sincere. Seriously! Is it election time already. Did he make that call while sitting beside his mistress, who’s also his baby’s momma, and putting a diamond necklace around her neck paid for by who’s tax $$$!
    How soon until that fraud or traditional bribe case comes up?
    But wait! Isn’t he the same politician who is supposed to respect the law and laws? Oh crap, I just found the answer to my question. HE’S A POLITICIAN!

  66. If the Redskins or Eagles signed this guy, boy what a different narrative we would have coming out of Texas!! But as it is, Texans think this guy set a new record for raising cancer research funds!!!!

  67. What’s funny here is the similarities between a mayor and a gold digger. Both campaign for free $$$. Both will do anything for a bribe. And both will claim how innocent they are!

  68. I think the woman who took a cash payment to walk away is as much a piece of trash as him ,hypocrites what will she tell her daughter someday it’s ok to be beat if you financially gain from it .

  69. It slays me how completely ignorant and dim-witted people can be on the “wasn’t convicted, charges were dismissed” angle. Before the witness was paid off, the guy was found guilty by a judge for cripes sake. He’s only off because of a goofy southern procedural rule and the fact that he paid off the witness to buy his freedom.

    He beat a woman and it was independently verified by the judiciary — simple as that. Rationalize all you want, but that’s a fact.

  70. I’ve said it over and over again, it’s just a matter of time before someone sues a team for knowingly bringing a menace into their community.

  71. What a crybaby.

    These are the same people who still say “how dare you desecrate our beloved team. None of that stuff in ‘North Dallas Forty’ is true!”

    Hell, Dale Hansen and PLENTY OF OTHER COWBOYS beat writers and columnists are just a bunch of soap box idiots!!!

    Guess, whom they’ve lumped in with criminals??? Terrell Owens.

    Do you think I want to praise little boys and girls that cry wolf? Do you think that I really want to praise a bunch of crybabies that only give heat to their non-favorites, but cover up the rear ends of jerks that they put on a pedestal??

    Not only that, these Greg Hardy haters are phonies! If the Cowboys were 13-3, they would butter up to Hardy. How do I know? Look at the 1990’s Cowboys and the 2007 Cowboys when T.O. was on the 13-3 team. Nothing bad was said then despite the flaws all those people had even then.

  72. I get the feeling that the truth to this Hardy case is somewhere in the middle.
    I have no doubt that Hardy pushed the girl either before or after she became violent with him. He was wrong either way. Hardy was the one who called 911 and it was the girl ran off when the cops came. When they finally found her she told the story that it seems most now believe was true. The problem was that there was no physical evidence to back that story up. The girl was not injured in any way. Now it goes in front of a judge first and not a jury because it was a misdemeanor charge. Judge finds Hardy guilty on the word of the girl. Again, no physical evidence provided. Hardy appeals, verdict thrown out, trial by jury scheduled. Hardy pays off girl because he has no idea how the case will turn out. Charges dropped.

  73. My understanding was he was found guilty but the woman dropped the charges.

    Bottom line in professional athletics is — if you’re a great player someone will pay you.

  74. So is the mayor going to never watch a movie with Mark Wahlberg in it?

    That guy’s rap sheet as a youth was full of violence and racism. He actually SPENT time in jail for assault.

    The truth is actors/athletes/entertainers get HUGE latitude from the public to continue their careers after legal troubles with little to no repercussions.

    I mean, if people want to get on their high horse and back it up with actions and boycotts, go ahead. But you better be consistent across every entertainment industry and not be a hypocrite.

  75. Where was all this outrage when Ray Lewis got away with murder? They gave him a friggin’ statue in Baltimore and nobody bats a damned eye.

  76. Assuming all the fans on here hating root for the Cards, Texans or Pats? Because those are the only teams in the entire NFL with less player arrests than the Cowboys over the past 10 years….hypocrites

    The Dallas Cowboys have had nine arrests during the past 10 years, tied for 28th on the list of 32 NFL teams.

  77. The guys in the “Hardy didn’t do anything camp”…..

    Hardy was found guilty by a judge on communicating threats and assault. As his trail date was set, a settlement was reached. But a judge listened to 10 hours of testimony and did not buy his story at all.

    The NFL puts on a great façade about domestic abuse. But they truly do NOT care and neither do the owners – regardless of what the hypocrite Jerry Jones states.

    However, fans do have a voice.

  78. It’s almost like the NFL power structure couldn’t care less about the welfare of anyone who doesn’t fuel its multi-billion dollar empire. Oh, wait, it’s *exactly* like that.

  79. It’s refreshing and surprising to hear a politician speak so frankly and not worried about being “politically correct”. Wish we had someone like that here in Cali. Kudo’s to you Mr Rawlings.

  80. Side Note: A ‘shot in the gut’ kills you, and painfully, I might add… So this couldn’t have been anything like that for Mayor McCheese, or whatever his name lol

  81. “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, via 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.”
    ************************************************
    There it is right there, “at some point, being a sports fan gets trumped by being a father, husband.”

    If you don’t care and you’re in your 20’s, that’s one thing. If you’re married and or have a kid, then you know better.

  82. How would all you feel if the media and everyone wanted you to not have job because of something you did not even get convicted of? And no the bench trial conviction does not count as it was overturned because it was lacking a jury which is everyone’s right.

  83. Watchdog says: Mar 20, 2015 9:38 AM

    Are all of these people ignorant to Hardy’s case? He was acquitted on all charges and has no criminal record at least when it comes to this case. What the heck has happened to this country? Regardless of what our justice system determines, we all somehow feel like we are above it and can cast our own judgements.

    You do realize “Hardy paid her off” to keep her mouth shut. That’s why she never showed up for court that day.

  84. Politicians sticking their nose where it does not belong. Just trying to score political points, especially since the Cowboys are not located in Dallas.

  85. Greg Hardy will have a second chance for the simple reason he wasn’t formally convicted and there is no video/pictures of the incident and its aftermath.

  86. I am saddened by the amount of sexism in response to my 100% spot on accurate assessment. Claiming a woman can just be paid off is ridiculous.

  87. Maybe Mr. Mayor should work a little closer with his political colleagues and find out why the government’s justice system is enabling this type of behavior by allowing out of court settlement. As far as the NFL is concerned, Hardy’s paperwork shows a clean sheet with no arrest or civil charges.

    Both sides of the argument are disgusting.

  88. That makes sense since most of their fans arent from there either

    awm7353 says:
    Mar 20, 2015 12:23 PM
    Politicians sticking their nose where it does not belong. Just trying to score political points, especially since the Cowboys are not located in Dallas.

  89. Does anybody care that Adrian Peterson will not be cut by the Vikings? Anybody calling out their ownership and state, etc? What about the children?!

    Bunch of Cowboy haters posting here. You would all skim right past this if it were Cardinals story.

  90. The NFL has sued the court in order to obtain the information and exhibits of the case and Hardy has releases his legal dogs to prevent the NFL from obtaining the information. If he is so innocent he would be happy let them see it, to put this crap behind him.

  91. In North Carolina, there domestic violence can be a misdemeanor or a felony. A misdemeanor carries a jail sentence of up to 2 years.

    Hardy was convicted of a misdemeanor and was sentenced to 18 months of probation. A 60-day jail sentence was suspended. That means, if he didn’t break the law in those 18 months, he most likely wouldn’t have served time. (This was eventually overturned in the appeal, but let’s assume it wasn’t.)

    The original judgment is an indication that the judge who did find him guilty was pretty lenient compared to what he or she could’ve sentenced him to. My guess is the judge thought he deserved a second chance (or at least the evidence didn’t warrant throwing the book at him: 2 years in jail, or felony domestic violence charges which carries up to decades of jail time).

    So, while the description of the events was heinous, the judge sentenced him to, effectively, probation.

    By signing him, Dallas is giving him a second chance, with the ability to dump him if he gets in trouble again. Would it have been better if they didn’t? Probably. But, I can’t blame them for kicking the tires on a guy who may have made one horrible mistake that he regrets.

    If he turns out to be a repeat offender, it will only be a matter of time before something else happens, in which case he’ll be cut and he’ll probably go to jail.

    It’s sad that a second victim will have to exist, but that reality existed based on the original verdict (probation), with or without the Cowboys.

  92. “steeloven89 says:
    Mar 20, 2015 10:06 AM
    innocent people would definitely prefer a jury trial to one decided by a mostly likely biased judge.

    also the woman taking the money and running proves that this was a shakedown all along”
    =================================================

    Yes, juries have been known to completely “intelligent” despite all the facts and evidence and aren’t at all swayed by fancy lawyers. See Casey Anthony, OJ Simpson, George Zimmerman, and Robert Blake.

  93. Simple…HE WAS CONVICTED !!!!!!! of brutal treatment! HE BOUGHT HIS WAY OUT OF IT , ON APPEAL……….And Dumb ass Jerry Jones giving him more money enables him to do this all over again……AMERICAS TEAM, MY BUTT!

  94. Dallas mayor calls signing of Greg Hardy “a shot in the gut”
    ==========================
    This signing could actually give Dallas a shot in the arm instead of the gut but glad my team didn’t take any chances…..

  95. In America, everyone is innocent until PROVEN guilty. It’s a shame that so many are too stupid or agenda-driven to realize this.

    Can’t wait to see Hardy back in play.

  96. I can’t be the only one who wishes carolina resigned him on the cheap. Yeah he has baggage. But he is GOING to play somewhere. We lost a good player. What’s the difference from being on Dallas squad or panthers. Nothing changed. He’s still an active player in the NFL and now on a national stage with Americas team, this helps the NFL image? The whole thing is stupid. I blame Hardy and cocaine.

  97. Everybody who keep saying he was aquitted.. He wasn’t. He was found guilty by a judge. There is a law in North Carolina that allowed that verdict to be thrown out and hardy to have a new trial, this time a jury trial. Hardy then paid off the accuser and when she refused to testify because she ” couldn’t be found” the charges were dropped. So I guess he was found guilty and had the charges dropped.

  98. I still don’t understand why or how this social responsibility fall on NFL teams or why our outrage is so great against employers (who’s goal is to win football games) and not against a completely broken and failing legal system.

    If Greg Hardy is as much a criminal as some here suggest, then he should be in jail. And our legal system should easily be able to place him in jail.

    If our society is so outraged at domestic violence then laws should be created that don’t allow such easy plea bargains and slaps on the wrist.

    Maybe if it was impossible to get MONEY through the civil courts for things that should be tried in criminal courts then victims would be more inclined to follow through to PUNISH criminals rather than use the system just for exploitation and profit.

    But god forbid we don’t let civil lawyers sue over anything and everything and make their 40% fee….

  99. “……and sad that this woman decided to take the money instead of standing up to this guy who likely will do this to another woman.”

    ——————————————————

    Wonder if Hardy mentioned Aaron Hernandez to her before her settling…..?

  100. Oh Rawlings I’m sure u have been perfect your whole life, besides the fact your a politician, in which all are liars cheats & thieves& so are u.

  101. I’m sure there’s a Cowboys scout checking in on Aaron Hernandez regularly….you never just never know what could happen.

  102. conormacleod says:
    Mar 20, 2015 11:06 AM

    bhlobos says:
    Mar 20, 2015 10:51 AM
    For those that say “acquitted”, make sure you get your story straight…

    Found guilty by a judge, he appealed so verdict was vacated and went to a jury trial, witnes fails to show for jury trial, so charges dropped.

    he was never found “not guilty”, or acquitted.
    —————-
    So, just like the rest of us here, he was never convicted of domestic violence. Isn’t that the important part here?
    —————–

    I would agree that he doesn’t have a domestic violence charge on his record. I’ll leave it up to you about how you want to interpret what a vacated guilty verdict means. This is just my opinion, but since he was never found “not guilty” by a jury of his peers, and he paid off the supposed victim, that I’m having a hard time believing he’s completely innocent.

  103. I feel the true victims here is people like me who have to read the highly intelligent people refer to Cowboy fans as Cowgirls and Jerry as Jerrah.

    Hardy was not convicted of anything. None of us were there when whatever may have happened. The judgmental individuals here should look in the mirror and wonder if they’ve ever done anything that could be scrutinized if anyone thought they were important, famous, or just in the spotlight. The woman took a pay day, maybe she was a victim and maybe she was a gold digger, but she took a pay day. You would think a true victim would want justice, but who am I to judge?

  104. Camp will open and no one will care. The mayor definitely won’t give up his suite seat at the stadium to prove a point. Until someone stops supporting the NFL completely over whatever issue riles them, their convictions are hollow. That’s in all sports where someone or something is “reviled”, heck that’s life in general. Let’s revisit the comments and views of the folks who publicly declare in a few months after kickoff. Pretty sure the high-horse will convert to a couch by then.

  105. No, “the guy” wasn’t acquitted. He was convicted in NC court by a judge. Hardy appealed the judges ruling, and rather than allow the court trial play itself out Hardy chose to circumvent the trial by paying the victim off outside of court, aka bribing a witness, and the witness ran from the state, which is what Hardy wanted.

    Dallas fans need to stop making excuses for this convicted Felon, who worked the legal system, unlike any normal person would be in position to do, by bribing a witness to keep her from testifying.

    Bad karma there Dallas!

  106. I wonder how he was feeling when the pictures of Double J with the 2 ladies in the bathroom showed up, or maybe he doesn’t want to lose his seat in the owners suite. Never call out the hand that feeds your next campaign fund, but these comments will sure go a long way to get the ladies vote. Jerrah knows how the game is played.

  107. Skawh you are aware Seattle was interested in him too right? As was Tampa. The only reason Seattle and Tampa backed out was because of how long his visit in Dallas was taking and figured he was pretty much off the market so Tampa and Seattle fans really shouldn’t be criticizing seeing as how he could’ve just as likely wound up on either teams roster but of course if that had happened we’d all be done talking about this by now.

  108. I don’t need any additional reasons to hate the Cowboys!!!…………Guess what city I’m from!

  109. If this was Jacksonville signing this guy, no one would give a damn. And Tampa and Seattle definitely had interest, but they saw the sh*t storm heading Dallas’s way and “changed” their stance on signing Hardy.

  110. “Skawh you are aware Seattle was interested in him too right? As was Tampa. The only reason Seattle and Tampa backed out was because of how long his visit in Dallas was taking and figured he was pretty much off the market so Tampa and Seattle fans really shouldn’t be criticizing seeing as how he could’ve just as likely wound up on either teams roster but of course if that had happened we’d all be done talking about this by now.”
    ———-
    Actually, Seattle wasn’t interested in Hardy. That “interest” came from Hardy’s slime attorney created to fool Dallas into paying more than Hardy was worth. Obviously it worked. It’s hilarious how Dallas fans are stepping all over themselves in order to find excuses to justify why Dallas’ newest D lineman threw a woman on a bed of assault rifles and threatened to kill her. That’s fact. It happened. And it was a felony Hardy, if he were a normal person, would now be doing hard time for.

  111. @skawh actually the whole “Hardy’s agent is using Tampa and Seattle to get more money out of Dallas” was nothing more than an assumption that people like you threw out there. Both teams said they had interest but Seattle said “no visit had been planned yet” because they were waiting to see what happened in Dallas and Tampa had interest up until shortly before the contract was signed and only backed out because they knew he was more than likely signing with Dallas. Tampa fans will admit their team had interest in Hardy even if they’re glad they didn’t sign him. I see Seattle fans are going to keep denying their teams interest in an attempt to salvage what little bit of class they have left. Don’t bother we all know there’s nothing to salvage.

  112. I wish the eagles would have signed him. I’m an Eagles fan and I just want to win. I don’t care about pretending to be above it all. The internet “faux outrage” cracks me up

  113. Its funny how people defend Hardy. If you had follow the case at all Hardy paid off the woman out of court to basically disappear. And without her testimony they had no case and had to drop it. Its not hard to understand what happened.

    Yet Brady is guilty because of breaking a cell phone? lol I guess we pick and choose who to believe.

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