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“Perpetual tardiness” caused Cowboys players to sour on Greg Hardy

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 8: Greg Hardy #76 of the Dallas Cowboys points across the playing field before the Cowboys take on the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium on November 8, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Getty Images

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett didn’t exactly offer a ringing endorsement of defensive end Greg Hardy earlier this week, and it sounds like some of his teammates may have felt just as ambivalent.

According to Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News, several teammates who had previously supported Hardy “began to sour on him late in the season.”

That’s partly because Hardy was high-maintenance, with Garrett having to meet with him four times about his off-field distractions, and also because of his “perpetual tardiness for team meetings never resulted in a reduction of playing time.”

He reportedly was respectful when they talked to him about changing, but never bothered to change.

As a result, he became an expensive headache for them. Between his suspension and the fact he didn’t hit any of his sack incentives (finishing with six), Hardy made around $8.8 million for a season in which they spent far too much time discussing things not football regarding him.

Early in the year, when he was getting sacks, ownership talked openly of him being “real leader” and wanting to commit to him long-term.

But since he had just 1.5 sack over the last six weeks of the season, that talk seems to have cooled.

Hardy, as is his custom, seemed oblivious to the talk. Asked if he’d like to return to the team, he replied: “I look good in blue and white, let’s be honest.”

His contract doesn’t allow the Cowboys to use the franchise tag on him this year, but nothing about his play indicated they should. And that means they either sign up for another year of distraction, or wait for someone else to take the chance.

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87 Responses to ““Perpetual tardiness” caused Cowboys players to sour on Greg Hardy”
  1. mdl1952 says: Jan 7, 2016 9:15 AM

    Clown belongs in jail.

  2. eagles1960 says: Jan 7, 2016 9:17 AM

    How bout dem cowboys. Lol

  3. dexterismyhero says: Jan 7, 2016 9:17 AM

    Polish it all you want, the turd just gets more glossy!!!!

  4. ricko1112 says: Jan 7, 2016 9:18 AM

    Sooooo… They were fine with his conviction for what he did to his girlfriend?

    Why were Cowboys fans the only people who believed this would end any differently?

    Anyone taking odds that he gets arrested this off season?

  5. getyourownname says: Jan 7, 2016 9:18 AM

    When people show you who they are, believe them.

  6. hallofchad says: Jan 7, 2016 9:18 AM

    How you look in blue and white isn’t what their concerned about Mr. Hardy , its how you look between the ears !

  7. logicalvoicepft says: Jan 7, 2016 9:20 AM

    Learn from Dan Snyder on how to win. Let your football people run the team and be quiet. On second thought no let Jerrah keep being Jerrah. #ThankGodImaRedskinfan

  8. codythao35 says: Jan 7, 2016 9:20 AM

    And Jerry loves players who continue their tardiness. At least that’s why Jerry brought him in for.

  9. scoops1 says: Jan 7, 2016 9:21 AM

    a real leader would be there 15minutes early

  10. hoops737 says: Jan 7, 2016 9:23 AM

    It’s the Cowboys…of course they’re going to sign him. Most classless team in the entire NFL

  11. thejuddstir says: Jan 7, 2016 9:24 AM

    Jerrah’s football acumen makes you wonder how the hell he became a billionaire???

  12. knowledgeoverpower says: Jan 7, 2016 9:26 AM

    Even if he wasn’t a distraction, I didn’t see enough from him to sign long term or for another year for the money he would want. The Cowboys should let him walk try to pick up a DE via the draft.

  13. eazeback says: Jan 7, 2016 9:27 AM

    depends on what the price tag is going to be whether they bring him back or not, simple as that…

  14. dmvdmv101560 says: Jan 7, 2016 9:27 AM

    He’s made the Cowboys look foolish, which is usually Jerry Jones job, for never disciplining him and talking about him like he is the second coming of Too Tall Jones! I wonder who’s headache he’ll become next year!

  15. typicalnipple says: Jan 7, 2016 9:28 AM

    Way worse than Big John Football.

  16. tommyribs says: Jan 7, 2016 9:28 AM

    At best this guy is a Head Case and a Distraction, at his worst he is Cancer.

    Do yourselves a Favor Cowboys, remove the Cancer.

    He’s not worth it.

  17. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Jan 7, 2016 9:29 AM

    #leadership

  18. 2since96 says: Jan 7, 2016 9:30 AM

    Said it before, Greg Hardy is a real life goon…he doesnt hide it, run from it, nothing, just embraces it…

  19. jjackwagon says: Jan 7, 2016 9:31 AM

    Hardy has OCD…so he has to get the guns laid out on the bed in exactly the right order before he leaves.

  20. dansardo says: Jan 7, 2016 9:32 AM

    Its kind of funny that anyone thinks that Jerrah spends any time worrying or cares what his sock puppet thinks about hardy, or what anyone else thinks about anything, including cowboy’s fans.

    The dallas cowboys is Jerrah’s toy and he will continue to play with it as he sees fit and cowboys fans will continue to buy so much stuff they can continue to fool themselves the cowboys are relevent outside of texas.

    The reason the cowboys got hardy in the first place is because there were only a couple of other organization in the nfl morally bankrupted enough to compete with them to get him (and given how low the moral bar is set in the nfl to begin with, that is saying something) No legitimate organization in the nfl would touch hardy with a 50 foot pole; if the cowboys want him again they got him.

    And Jerrah will want him, who really has any doubt about that? If cowboy fans thought last season was a nightmare, wait until they see the roster of clowns (including manzel or RGIII or maybe even both) that will provide the rest of us endless entertainment next season

  21. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 7, 2016 9:33 AM

    Hopefully this turd never plays another down in the nfl and no longer gets those huge paychecks.

    He’s so stupid he’ll be broke and homeless within 5-10 years after he’s out of the league if he’s not in jail

  22. Remember when PFT was about football? Now its just a bunch of whiney losers who cry about the Patriots says: Jan 7, 2016 9:38 AM

    If you aren’t 15 minutes early, you are late…

  23. theandy59 says: Jan 7, 2016 9:38 AM

    Inconsistent effort; disrespectful to teammates, opponents, and the game in general; negative influence in locker room; mediocre production; poor situational awareness; has name recognition and “star” persona despite all of the above. Sounds exactly like the kind of guy Jones will badly overpay for.

  24. PokeSalad says: Jan 7, 2016 9:43 AM

    $8.8 mil buys a whole lotta baseball bats….

    …more Jerrah insanity….the clown show in Dallas just never ends.

  25. mrphelps01 says: Jan 7, 2016 9:44 AM

    Jerry Jones is the biggest fool in the NFL.

  26. PokeSalad says: Jan 7, 2016 9:44 AM

    I wonder who’s headache he’ll become next year!

    My guess is, Texas Department of Corrections….

  27. dallassux says: Jan 7, 2016 9:44 AM

    What happened to all those #sackscoming ??

    They deserve to be 4-12

  28. norseyapper says: Jan 7, 2016 9:45 AM

    The most telling point of this piece is that he was late habitually, “talked to” about it repeatedly, but never actually disciplined.
    It isn’t any wonder that other players felt there was a double standard with him.
    It is really hard not to conclude that there was some very poor coaching involved in their dealings with him, perhaps because Garret is limited in what he can do without the express approval of the boss.

  29. manningcheats says: Jan 7, 2016 9:45 AM

    But….he’s a “team leader”!?!?!?!

  30. raven4531 says: Jan 7, 2016 9:45 AM

    Mr. Hardy…you would look better in a jail uniform.

  31. gacoltfan says: Jan 7, 2016 9:46 AM

    I’m sure the Cowboys will show how much they have learned their lesson and immediately sign Manziel as soon as he is released.

  32. iammrbinky says: Jan 7, 2016 9:47 AM

    Jerrah labled Hardy as a “leader” so many weeks ago.

    lol

  33. pedmeg says: Jan 7, 2016 9:48 AM

    Jerry Jones paid $8M to show the rest of the NFL that he is willing to overlook any despicable behavior in order to go 4-12.

    Reap what you sow.

  34. mcdeez22 says: Jan 7, 2016 9:49 AM

    Tardiness to meetings is what caused Dallas players to sour on him??? Because if he was punctual the guy would be a class act and a great teammate, right? Jeesh…

  35. paulrevereshorse1775 says: Jan 7, 2016 9:49 AM

    IMO, Jerry’s comments about him, such as the ‘leader’ comment, built him up to be something he isn’t……and Hardy believed it.

  36. nyjfan111 says: Jan 7, 2016 9:52 AM

    “That’s partly because Hardy was high-maintenance, with Garrett having to meet with him four times about his off-field distractions, and also because of his “perpetual tardiness for team meetings never resulted in a reduction of playing time.””

    That’s a big problem isn’t it? I hate to use my own team as an example ’cause it makes me look biased, but Muhammad Wilkerson was late for ONE meeting before the Jets-Giants game and Bowles forced him to sit for the 1st quarter. Hardy needs to be sent a message. Stop enabling and allowing that kind of behavior.

  37. agent7x6 says: Jan 7, 2016 9:52 AM

    The Cowboys have a problem with Hardy’s tardiness, but are considering signing Manziel? Makes sense.

  38. tvguy22 says: Jan 7, 2016 9:52 AM

    I would have thought it was the perpetual Hardy-ness.

  39. 700levelvet says: Jan 7, 2016 9:53 AM

    The…”Most mediocre franchise in sports”…

  40. jbfazz1213 says: Jan 7, 2016 10:06 AM

    Baskin Robbins Would Fire Ant Man AND Greg Hardy !!! What Say U Dallas Cowboys ?

  41. nominnychampions says: Jan 7, 2016 10:10 AM

    They’re a match made in heaven.

  42. joec44 says: Jan 7, 2016 10:11 AM

    I don’t like the Cowboys and often times enjoy their dysfunction, however this guy does not deserve to wear an NFL uniform. Let him go Cowboys, there are better people willing to work harder than that in that position…

  43. zinger92 says: Jan 7, 2016 10:16 AM

    Who’s surprised?

  44. tjacks7 says: Jan 7, 2016 10:17 AM

    More proof of Jerry Jones and Jason Garretts incompetence? Shocking.

  45. chrisk61 says: Jan 7, 2016 10:17 AM

    keep hardy. keep garrett. sign manziel.

    – rest of nfc east

  46. realdealsteel says: Jan 7, 2016 10:20 AM

    I hope Jerry Jones lives to be a million years old. I love the way he runs the Dallas Deadcows. Just knowing he’s there allows me to put a line through that team every year as far as winning anything.

    GO STEELERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  47. skolpurp says: Jan 7, 2016 10:20 AM

    If anyone has ever earned being black-balled by the entire league even at his peak age, this is the guy. How can any team justify signing him? Wasn’t good enough on the field. Divided the locker room. Divided the fan-base. Oh, and he’s a sociopath.

    There are only two teams that could possibly work something out with him. First, Cincinnati. I say that because there are plenty of “troubled” individuals in the past that have done very well there and that’s a tip of the cap to Marvin Lewis. The other is the team that he just failed for.

    I give a slight outside chance for Oakland, but that team has cleaned up and I doubt they want to go down that road.

  48. nolanwiffle says: Jan 7, 2016 10:22 AM

    Who could’ve seen this coming? Why is this horse’s ass still in the league?

  49. pastabelly says: Jan 7, 2016 10:22 AM

    The Cowboys are okay if you kick the living you know what out of women as long as you show up on time. Got it Jerry.

  50. williefister says: Jan 7, 2016 10:24 AM

    Oh so it wasn’t the woman beating or the plethora of automatic weapons or the assault of their special teams coach that was over the line for the cowboys…it was hardys perpetual tardiness that crossed the line…makes sense for the NFLs penitentiary team

  51. nicofthenorthstar says: Jan 7, 2016 10:26 AM

    He’s Jerry’s kind of man. They’ll keep him.

  52. chrisbr215 says: Jan 7, 2016 10:26 AM

    I don’t always enjoy failures but when I do it usually involves the Dallas Cowboy’s, stay dysfunctional my friends.

  53. dallasgoon says: Jan 7, 2016 10:29 AM

    Well, Garrett’s perpetual losiness is starting to sour on me. Actually, it’s been souring on me for a while, but he’s still here.

    The irony of Dallas’ impatience with players is the perpetual patience they have with a coach who’s spent 6 years being a [head] coach, and still coaches like he doesn’t know how to coach.

    First, they said ‘malcontents’ like T.O., Pacman Jones, and Tank were the problems. They got rid of them, yet years later they’re still the same undisciplined, underachieving team.

    Hmm. I wonder if the problems aren’t actually the players. Hmm. Hmm.

  54. ricko1112 says: Jan 7, 2016 10:31 AM

    hoops737 says:
    Jan 7, 2016 9:23 AM
    It’s the Cowboys…of course they’re going to sign him. Most classless team in the entire NFL
    ___________________________

    Cowboys have the most classless people, but the Colts are the most classless ORGANIZATION.

    Phony crowd noise. Tampering with their footballs. Tampering with other teams’ footballs. Blatantly tanking an entire season to land the #1 pick. Lying on injury reports. Embarrassing themselves, the Ratbirds, BSPN, and the NFL brass with that made-up psi silliness that 90% of America saw right through.

  55. hqdeezy says: Jan 7, 2016 10:31 AM

    Re-sign Hardy and trade for Johnny Football! Let’s turn Dallas into a circus full of clowns.

  56. jbdvks says: Jan 7, 2016 10:36 AM

    What a fine leader you found for your team there Jerry. Yee-Haw!!!!!!!!!!!!

  57. catfish252 says: Jan 7, 2016 10:37 AM

    Here in Georgia I’ve seen prisoners in Blue and White striped jail suits, I think you would look terrific in that blue and white and aren’t the Cowboy’s colors Silver and Blue?

  58. lyncht08 says: Jan 7, 2016 10:40 AM

    Not all cowboys fans were happy about the signing or the kind of person he is. Would be nice to stop lumping them all together

  59. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Jan 7, 2016 10:42 AM

    Best way to show exemplary leadership … pull your best Ryan Mallet impression. Don’t ever fire your GM, Jerrah.

  60. gobolts says: Jan 7, 2016 10:42 AM

    Just about every game I watch on television, some announcers tell us how much of a “team leader” so and so is.

    Some of these players have been in the league for many years and deserve the distinction, but some of them are in their first or second years in the NFL.

  61. Grugenhagen says: Jan 7, 2016 10:44 AM

    “I look good in an orange jumpsuit, let’s be honest.”

  62. ghostof34 says: Jan 7, 2016 10:47 AM

    thejuddstir says:
    Jan 7, 2016 9:24 AM
    Jerrah’s football acumen makes you wonder how the hell he became a billionaire???
    _______________________________________
    I’m no Cowboys, or Jones fan…however his money he bought this team with, he earned with his business acumen, and he then used that business acumen to make the cowboys worth (143m) when he bought, to 2.3B in 2014. I don’t think anyone can figure out why you’re wondering how he became a billionaire?

    Jerry’s Business Acumen > Jerry’s Football Acumen
    Jerry Jones Overall Acumen = Success

  63. charliecharger says: Jan 7, 2016 10:47 AM

    Jerry Jones is the idiot here. Whatever sickness Hardy is suffering from pales in comparison to the warped brain inside Jones’ head. I wouldn’t turn my back on Jones for a minute. He’s a strange bird.

  64. nightryder10 says: Jan 7, 2016 10:50 AM

    Smack a woman – no worries.
    Tardiness – “sour on him.”

  65. richcranium2112 says: Jan 7, 2016 10:51 AM

    How do you say it?

    Lights on.
    Dogs barking.
    No one home!

    Absolutely clueless POS.

  66. craigkintexas says: Jan 7, 2016 10:52 AM

    That whole Dallas bunch doesn’t hide crazy very well.

  67. eglsfan says: Jan 7, 2016 10:55 AM

    Greg you need a nice long break from football….preferably caused by an ACL tear or a Theissmanesque injury

  68. bigbenh8tr says: Jan 7, 2016 11:04 AM

    Asked if he’d like to return to the team, he replied: “I look good in blue and white, let’s be honest.”
    ________________________________________
    What Hardy actually said :
    “If the Cowboys offer me an opportunity to stay,” “I would love to stay here.

    “My man [Jerry Jones] took a nice chance on me, and I would love to repay that debt with a million sacks and a ton of wins. We couldn’t, so I would say it was very mal — for my Spanish friends — mucho mal.”

    “Let’s be honest, it has been awesome. I got to play with fricken Tony Romo, I got to play with Dez Bryant, I got to play with Jason Witten, I got to play with fricken Sean Lee.

    “I got to play with monsters in this game, legends in the game. The fricken head coach, Jerry Jones, the Jones family, legendary people in this game. I’ve learned so much.”

    “My goal is to be on the field next year because every year is a gift,” “My preference is to be on some team — not at home on the couch.”

  69. granadafan says: Jan 7, 2016 11:05 AM

    thejuddstir says:
    Jan 7, 2016 9:24 AM
    Jerrah’s football acumen makes you wonder how the hell he became a billionaire???
    =========================================
    That’s easy. It’s because Jerry has no morals. Nice guys finish last in the ruthless business world, especially for oil in Texas.

    It’s no wonder he signed Greg Tardy Hardy.

  70. bigbenh8tr says: Jan 7, 2016 11:07 AM

    logicalvoicepft says:
    Jan 7, 2016 9:20 AM
    Learn from Dan Snyder on how to win. Let your football people run the team and be quiet. On second thought no let Jerrah keep being Jerrah. #ThankGodImaRedskinfan
    ________________________________________
    Only took Snyder 15 years, 10 of them in last place of the division, to figure that out.

    Congrats. Now overpay Cousins and watch the team sink back to the bottom

  71. thejuddstir says: Jan 7, 2016 11:20 AM

    Better yet for the NFC East is that this year Jerrah got away with renting Hardy for the year. Now if he wants to keep his leader, he will have to sign him to a multi-year contract with some upfront guaranteed money…….the risk just increased 10 fold. Money paid to keep Hardy reduces the cap money left over to sign others…….a win win for the NFC East.

  72. rcali says: Jan 7, 2016 11:21 AM

    And now Here Comes Johnny!

  73. Harve Gulch Cowboy says: Jan 7, 2016 11:26 AM

    Learn from Dan Snyder on how to win. Let your football people run the team and be quiet. On second thought no let Jerrah keep being Jerrah. #ThankGodImaRedskinfan

    Learn how to win from Dan Snyder! Man, my sides are hurting.

  74. thejuddstir says: Jan 7, 2016 11:30 AM

    ghostof34 says:
    Jan 7, 2016 10:47 AM
    thejuddstir says:
    Jan 7, 2016 9:24 AM
    Jerrah’s football acumen makes you wonder how the hell he became a billionaire???
    _______________________________________
    I’m no Cowboys, or Jones fan…however his money he bought this team with, he earned with his business acumen, and he then used that business acumen to make the cowboys worth (143m) when he bought, to 2.3B in 2014. I don’t think anyone can figure out why you’re wondering how he became a billionaire?

    Jerry’s Business Acumen > Jerry’s Football Acumen
    Jerry Jones Overall Acumen = Success

    ———————————————–
    You’re missing the entire point of my post. Sometimes things require a little deeper thought.

  75. jmethane says: Jan 7, 2016 11:37 AM

    Learn from Dan Snyder on how to win.

    ——

    Haha good one!

  76. joenash72 says: Jan 7, 2016 12:05 PM

    How about dem Cowboys!😉

  77. bkostela says: Jan 7, 2016 12:38 PM

    Hardy, as is his custom, seemed oblivious to the talk. Asked if he’d like to return to the team, he replied: “I look good in blue and white, let’s be honest.”
    _____________________

    Grugenhagen beat me to the Orange jumpsuit comment, but blue and white still leaves the Lions, Giants, Colts, Panthers, Seahawks, Titans, Bills and Patriots.

  78. joecarr2015 says: Jan 7, 2016 2:48 PM

    I couldn’t stop laughing at that redskins fan that said Jerry Jones should learn how to win from Dan Snyder… 😂😂😂 the Cowboys learn how to win from the redskins 😂😂😂. The finally make the playoffs because the Cowboys had everything go wrong this year, and a redskins fan thinks they know how to win😂😂😂😂 stop it you’re killing me! 😂😂😂

  79. law1984ecu says: Jan 7, 2016 3:39 PM

    Lets be honest, the only reason the Cowboys organization let this information slip is so they could sign him cheaper. #MediaManipulation

  80. pftony says: Jan 7, 2016 4:26 PM

    Ah, the semi-annual Greg Hardy roast-a-thin. I wonder how many of you will be conspicuously quiet when he signs with your team next year.

  81. babygaga19 says: Jan 7, 2016 8:29 PM

    Now, now, this is Jerry’s prized stallion. A leader amongst leaders. Let’s not be harsh. Wait till Johnny Football joins the locker room. Yeeeee Haaaaah!

  82. dhdelaney says: Jan 7, 2016 10:47 PM

    I keep trying to imagine Kraft doing something like this; or Belichick even paying attention…naah!
    Kraft is more a fan than an owner. I like that.
    Jerry should try that..Might enjoy some good times.

  83. realqc says: Jan 8, 2016 7:32 AM

    I heard Burt Reynolds is putting a team together, looking at Manziel and Hardy as his first 2 picks

  84. chalkruz1989 says: Jan 8, 2016 9:19 AM

    The Dallas Cowboys and other NFL franchises (with the exception of a few) will sign anyone, regardless of reputation, if it equates to production and wins.

    If Greg Hardy had 10+ sacks, he would already have signed a long term deal.

  85. vavikingfan says: Jan 8, 2016 8:03 PM

    They’re going to sign Johnny Football to be his mentor.

  86. scrapedogg says: Jan 8, 2016 9:22 PM

    Ya I had a coworker that got arrested for beating the living hell out of his girlfriend and never owned up to it, but it was soooo annoying when he showed up late for work a few times. I just couldn’t deal with it anymore.

  87. kevpft says: Jan 12, 2016 1:15 PM

    The Cowboys are in a good enough position draft-wise that they shouldn’t have to take a chance on him. Pick some great defensive players in early rounds, take a flyer somewhere along the way on a promising QB who could at least be a good backup, and they’ll be fine.

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