Jerry Jones defends Greg Hardy

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FOX cameras caught Cowboy defensive end Greg Hardy jawing with Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant. Before that, Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News caught images of Hardy going a little berserk on anyone in his immediate vicinity.

After the game, owner Jerry Jones predictably defended Hardy.

“He’s, of course, one of the real leaders on this team and he earns it and he earns it with respect from all of his teammates and that’s the kind of thing that inspires a football team,” Jones said, via Steve Politi of NJ.com.

Politi also has posted the full transcript of Hardy’s entire “no comment . . . any other questions?” media availability.

Via Jenny Vrentas of TheMMQB.com, the “party line” in the Dallas locker room (from those who actually were answering questions) was that Hardy was simply “firing up” the special teams.

Yes, he was firing them up. Right after they allowed the Giants to score the game-winning points on a kickoff return by a guy who used to play for the Cowboys.

It’s unclear whether any of the people defending Hardy actually saw the video of Hardy pushing and shoving teammates and at least one member of the coaching staff. If not, it’ll likely be too late to backpedal once they do.