The Cowboys have spoken, and the short version is, they’re sticking with Greg Hardy.
In the wake of today’s publication of photos of the injuries suffered by Hardy’s ex-girlfriend, the Cowboys put out a statement tonight offering their support of the defensive end.
“While we did not have access to the photos that became public today, we were and are aware of the serious nature of this incident,” owner Jerry Jones said in a statement. “We as an organization take very this seriously. We do not condone domestic violence. We entered into the agreement with Greg fully understanding that there would be scrutiny and criticism.
“We have given Greg a second chance. He is a member of our team and someone who is grateful for the opportunity he has been given to move forward with his life and his career.”
That chance comes because Hardy is good at sacking quarterbacks. The Cowboys knew that, as well as they knew about the domestic violence charges that led to his being placed on the commissioner’s exempt list last year and suspended for 10 games this year (which was shortened to four).
And they didn’t need to see the photos that were released today to know what they must have looked like.