Stephen Jones takes exception to criticizing Cowboys over Greg Hardy

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Cowboys Executive Vice President Stephen Jones is pushing back against a perception that the Cowboys were unprepared for the 10-game suspension the NFL handed down to Greg Hardy.

Asked if the NFL’s 10-game suspension of Hardy shows that the league considered it a more serious matter than the Cowboys realized when they signed him, Jones shot back, “I take exception to that.”

“I think we were very aware that there was a suspension pending and knew that it could be of that length, so I would disagree with you there. I think we were very aware of that. I don’t think it turned out any different than we thought could happen. I think we structured a contract to deal with that and knew very well — our eyes were wide open on that,” Jones said.

Asked if the NFL found something in its investigation that the Cowboys weren’t aware of, Jones said that’s not the case.

“I think we were very aware of the things that went on,” Jones said. “This was not a surprise to anybody.”

Although Hardy’s contract had a maximum value of $13.1 million, the Cowboys structured the contract to protect themselves in the case of a suspension, and if Hardy loses his appeal, the Cowboys will end up paying him about $5 million for six games. The Cowboys think that’s a fair deal for one of the NFL’s best pass rushers, who also happens to be one of the poster boys for the NFL’s domestic violence problem.

42 responses to “Stephen Jones takes exception to criticizing Cowboys over Greg Hardy

  1. Idiot doesn’t realize the real criticism is signing a turd like that in the first place, not that him and Daddy might have miscalculated said turd’s suspension.

    I bet you he still calls him daddy. What a life.

  2. Joneses – any man who would throw a woman into a bathtub, choke her, then throw her into a pile of automatic rifles should not be paid millions by any NFL team, period. Not ever. Just because you read the file on the dude five times over, scratched your head, bit the end of a pencil, called your P.R. agent and found some women to say it was okay, that doesn’t mean you’ve earned the right to act all high and mighty to people who call you out on the decision you made. You guys are almost as appalling as Greg Hardy. As an organization you stand for nothing. Less than nothing. Yuck.

  3. Are his eyes wide open to the fact that they have no pass rush and he Hardy will be returning just in time to miss the playoffs? Or maybe to the idea that their MVP last year now plays for their division rivals, the Eagles… Who, by the way, won’t face Hardy at all next year if this suspension sticks

  4. Cowboys are desperate.
    They are quickly becoming irrelevant across the nation.
    Pay attention to what is happening…..
    Thee Kansas City Chiefs have been quietly assembling a powerhouse team, and after they OWN this upcoming draft, Andy Reid will have completed assembling a DYNASTY team.
    Notice will be served to the league that Kansas City will dominate the next decade,. The road to multiple Super Bowls over the next 10 years will go thru Arrowhead(loudest in the league) Stadium.
    The Chiefs are quickly becoming the NEW America’s Team. All teams will try to emulate the “Chiefs Way”. Chiefs Nation will be a disruptive force to be reckoned with to every visiting team coming to Arrowhead.
    Watch Super Bowl 50 be a rematch of Super Bowl 1.
    This time:
    Chiefs 31
    Packers 17

  5. Of course if Belechick had signed him, everyone would be calling it a low risk move from a genius.

  6. No, you weren’t shocked at the suspension, but that doesn’t mean that the rest of us shouldn’t be shocked that knowing all of the information regarding Hardy you still signed the guy at all.
    When you read what the evidence was that caused the league’s decision, and Jones says that “yep, we knew all about that” it makes you wonder how desperate for a win the Cowboys have to be to hold their nose and sign a puke like him.

  7. I’m confused…
    “wife beating coward”
    “a man that beats women”
    etc. etc.

    Let me check….
    beat
    bēt
    verb
    1.
    strike (a person or an animal) repeatedly and violently so as to hurt or injure them, usually with an implement such as a club or whip.
    synonyms: hit, strike, batter, thump, bang, hammer, punch, knock, thrash, pound, pummel, slap, smack

    I don’t believe that there was anything about this situation that stated he ever “beat” anyone. But I guess “woman thrower” doesn’t have the same ring to it….

    I get it. The guy laid hands on a woman and he shouldn’t have. But there’s a HUGE difference between what allegedly happened and “beating” anyone.

  8. So… a 290-lb. powerfully-built and well-conditioned professional athlete throws a 120-lb. woman into a tub and then onto a bed full of “powerful, military-style assault weapons” (were they black, too?) and she emerges unscathed? Yeah. Right.

    Greg Hardy is no more the poster boy for domestic violence than Roger Goodell is for fairness, character and integrity.

  9. If Hardy was suspended 10 games for conduct detrimental to the league, and the Cowboys signed him to a multi million contract knowing that he had potentially done this, then shouldn’t they be held liable for the same? You are giving millions to someone who’s conduct is hurting them, and you are ignoring that fact and rewarding them. Not sure why the team has no accountability but the player does.

  10. This is so funny. They expected to sign Hardy and not face any criticism for it. Really? What fantasy world do they live in? They opened themselves up for it. Maybe they thought people would get tired of criticizing them because of Josh Brent and Joseph Randle.

  11. Well, any owner that’s married and gets caught in taking compromising photos with women young enough to be his grandchild I’m not surprised that he’d bring in Hardy.

  12. Stephen Jones is such a tool. He doesn’t even have to open his mouth you can tell just by looking at him. I guess when you consider who his father is it makes perfect sense though.

  13. Earth to Steven….

    You can’t say with a straight face that you anticipated a 10 game suspension and then having to pay 5 mil to Hardy who won’t have taken an NFL snap in 25 games.

    With no dline you may very well be eliminated from the playoffs before Hardy is eligible to even participate in a regular season practice.

  14. The simple reality is Dallas is going to face criticism for EVERYTHING they do. It’s been that way for the 40 something years I’ve watched them play. They could save babies from being thrown into a pit of snakes and PFT posters would argue they deprived the snakes of food. So, they should simply do what they think is right and not worry about it.

  15. The Cowboys are class act team. They don’t care about Murderers/Physical Abusers/ Mental Abusers/ Substance Abusers. As long as they do good for their football club who cares. Keep it classy Dallas.

  16. “I think we were very aware of the things that went on,” Jones said. “This was not a surprise to anybody.”

    ————————————————————

    So they knew what happened and still signed this guy … unbelievable, but not to be unexpected coming from the Jones clan …

  17. I could honestly care less about what a guy does off the field as long as he is dominating on Sunday. These guys are modern day gladiators and shouldn’t be held to prestigious levels just cause they are pros. If the judicial system doesn’t convict him, he(everyone) should be able to play, who cares.

  18. So nothing surprised you in this matter? Your perfectly fine with paying this guy almost a million dollars per game? When he may play than less than 40% of your games (suspension pending)? When you read the report of what exactly he did to that woman? Your okay with all the scrutiny that is sure to come from this, all the negative media attention bound to be derived from this signing, the potential locker room friction it may cause?

    5 million for 6 games? But you can’t pay Demarco more than 5 million for a full season?

    Interesting.

  19. 90% of the posters on here have no common sense. The story here is that Stephen Jones is telling all of you, thate the organization knew Hardy would be suspended, period, end of story. For all you morons that laughed when the suspension came down and said “what fools for signing this guy, wasting money”. look in the mirror. There’s no wasted money on a suspended play with the way dallas did the contract and they clearly knew it all along otherwise they would have guaranteed Hardy the salary.

  20. Anyone who paid any attention, or has the ability to understand NFL free agency, knew the Cowboys had structured their contract accordingly. All the freaking out comments are a little late to the show… He was never getting 13 million. We tried to tell you all that.

  21. eanleemvp says:
    Apr 28, 2015 7:00 PM
    90% of the posters on here have no common sense. The story here is that Stephen Jones is telling all of you, thate the organization knew Hardy would be suspended, period, end of story. For all you morons that laughed when the suspension came down and said “what fools for signing this guy, wasting money”. look in the mirror. There’s no wasted money on a suspended play with the way dallas did the contract and they clearly knew it all along otherwise they would have guaranteed Hardy the salary.
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    eanleemvp, please do not tell me you think common sense will get through to the posters on this site 🙂 🙂 We must not belong here….lol…GREAT POST!!!!!!!

  22. and the real irony is in letting go of a true, hard working, blue collar, seemingly all around good guy DeMarco Murray, because of his cost against the cap, and signing this turd….. Love ya Jerry, keep them Cowboys where they belong, looking up in the standings…..

  23. The Cowboys VP takes exception to something and its news. Check back later for Rich Dalrymple’s take on the subject. Funny thing is most if not all of you Cowboys fan or not know who Rich Dalrymple is. Yep. America’s team.

  24. yet another reminder why hating the Cowboys and their smarmy owner is morally and ethically the right thing to do

  25. of course they knew this was coming, or else they wouldn’t have structured the contract the way they did.

    who else in the league has a contract structured this way?

    the only reason you would give a player a contract like that is if you knew that there was at least a very high possibility of that player being suspended. And there’s no way any other player would accept a contract like that if he didn’t think there was a very high possibility of him being suspended.

    Any thoughts to the contrary is just wishful spite.

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