Roger Staubach roots for Cowboys, not for Greg Hardy

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For Cowboys fans struggling with supporting the team and also supporting Greg Hardy, a Hall of Fame quarterback has provided an alternative: Support the team, don’t support Hardy.

I’m rooting for the Cowboys, I don’t root for him,” Roger Staubach told USA Today. “I’m still rooting for the Cowboys. I’m not a Hardy fan.”

Obviously, Staubach isn’t a Hardy fan because of the alleged domestic violence incident that resulted in a 10-game suspension that was reduced to four.

“We know what he did,” Staubach said. “I’ve got a wife and four daughters and I’ve got 12 granddaughters. I would go ballistic if anybody touched any of our daughters or granddaughters in a harmful way. I’m not that forgiving for anybody that commits domestic violence.”

Staubach also is concerned that Hardy eventually will be involved in another alleged domestic violence incident.

“It just seems like that particular problem, unless you really get a lot of help, you just don’t overcome it,” Staubach said. “You’ve got to get help. It’s not just, ‘Hey, I did this, it won’t happen again.’ It happens again. . . . It’s a worrisome deal when someone hits a woman. Hopefully that someone is getting help to never do it again.”

Staubach also refuses to separate Hardy’s actions off the field with his recent on-field confrontation with special-teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia.

“It just seems like the incident on the field, knocking the clipboard out of the coach’s hand, you can talk about passion, but you also have to talk about common sense on the field,” Staubach said of Hardy. “He is still a mixed bag as far as if he is really sincere about the past, making sure it never happens again.”

Although the Cowboys blindly have defended Hardy throughout his various incidents, there was a weariness in owner Jerry Jones’ voice when he was talking about the situation after Sunday night’s loss to the Eagles. Part of that may have been the product of a six-game losing streak. Part of it may have been that Jones is starting to realize that no amount of polish is going to make Hardy into something other than what he is.

44 responses to “Roger Staubach roots for Cowboys, not for Greg Hardy

  1. Greg Hardy is on the Dallas Cowboys.

    If you felt that strongly, wouldn’t you oppose the team as a whole for signing him?

  2. Hardy is not only going to be involved in domestic violence again, I think he’s going to actually assault another player in a live game one of these days. The guy is unhinged.

  3. 100% right Roger, and thank for articulating what too many fail to see. it’s not a fire sale on fandom because your team signs a turd. Again, go read the story of what really happened. No excuses for Hardy, but this is not a clear case of him going violent and beating up a woman. That would be Ray Rice, like so many others. Plus the millions of women it happens to each and every day we don’t hear about. Those women will NOT get a six figure payday either. This one did. She should have, at the very least. My point is, if you really care, you would not be bitching on some worthless blog, you would get involved. Period. But, dont worry, after Hardy, there another villain will be served up for you to hate on.

  4. “… but this is not a clear case of him going violent and beating up a woman…”

    Only in Dallas does anyone believe this … but not the rest of the world. I wonder why?

  5. Hardy should be in jail. There will be another violence incident. He is a powder keg.
    I think Jerry has tarnished his brand permanently. Is he still talking about an extension? Because nobody else will touch him next year.

  6. If the Cowboys win,Hardy is a part of that. So is Jerry Jones. So,Roger…you can’t have it both ways. I do like your views on men hitting women. It’s too bad the owner chooses to have this moron on the team at any cost.

  7. The real problem with Hardy isn’t that he beat a woman (though that is a huge problem), the real problem is that he doesn’t seem to understand what the big deal is. I think people would be a lot more forgiving of him and the Cowboys if he were contrite, apologetic, and thankful for his second chance. Instead he makes vaguely creepy / sexist remarks about Tom Brady’s wife, comes out “guns blazin'”, and just generally seems clueless as to the situation that he’s in.

    And then Jerry Jones enables him in the most tone-deaf way imaginable.

    Second chances aren’t and shouldn’t be automatic. You need to do something to deserve one. The only thing Greg Hardy has done to deserve one is sack that quarterback. That shouldn’t be enough.

    No offense, Cowboys fans, but your team cannot lose enough games this season.

  8. lgw91s says:

    Hardy should be in jail.
    ==================================

    The girl he beat could have made that happen. But she refused.

  9. How can you root for the Cowboys and not root for Hardy? If he gets a sack are you going to boo? What Staubach should do is use his influence with Jerry Jones to insist that Hardy participate in some form of counseling. Otherwise his words are empty.

  10. I am not condoning his actions in any way, but does he have a history of domestic violence? Why can’t there only be one instance? I thought I read something that said he asked her to leave and then she attacked him and that is when he got physical with her (and threw her on the chair of guns). If this was the case, a person that plays a violent sport gets attacked they may respond with violence, but that doesn’t exactly make them prone to domestic violence as a rule.

  11. Two adages come to mind and it’s probably not a conicidence that they’re both pig-related:

    1) “You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.”

    2) “You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.”

    Being a great ex-Cowboys QB (and he is) does not make Staubach all-wise or all-knowing. He’s wrong. How is “rooting for the team but not for Hardy” doing anything but perpetuating the problem?

    If Staubach really means what he says about his daughters and grand-daughters, he’ll go on television and declare something like “I love my Cowboys team and I’d love to continue supporting them, but in all good conscience I must now withdraw my support on every level until Hardy is off this team and out of this league. Further, for the team’s owner and coach to call Hardy a leader in any way, shape or form is not only wrong, it is an insult to every former and current player and employee of character, to every family man who has ever given everything they had to this team.” And until he does, he’s part of the mindset that allowed this situation to occur in the first place. But he won’t.

    Hardy is a reprehensible human being and a disaster waiting to happen, for his team, for the league, and let’s not forget about his next victim. And there WILL BE a next victim – check the statistics on recidivism among domestic abusers. He’s not the only player in the league we can say that about – just the most visible in a league with a serious misogyny problem.

    The fact that it’s SO wrong, and that it’s still even an issue when SO MANY people KNOW it’s SO wrong, only underscoes the level of greed of the individuals, the team, and the league, who are all speaking with “forked tongues” because they don’t have the balls to admit their failings and their parts in this epic mistake and kick this guy’s ass down the road.

    I may be poor, but I’m grateful that I don’t have to wake up every morning and see Jerry Jones, Roger Goodell or Maurice Smith in the mirror – I’d puke. I’ll probably puke anyway before this is over.

  12. Right and wrong have morphed into winning and losing as the ethical imperative for the Cowboys and fans. I wonder how some people will explain moral bankruptcy to their Maker – I was a Cowboy’s fan?

  13. Yes, just as Roger does, a fan can love the team, but thoroughly despise some of its parts, such Hardy… as well as Jones. Jones—because without him there’d be no Hardys on this team.

  14. As an Eagles fan I love to hate the Cowboys, but Roger Staubach always commanded respect on and off the field. Glad to see that hasn’t changed.

  15. “The girl he beat could have made that happen. But she refused.”

    She was probably scared he would come after her and kill her if she did. After all going to jail would end his career in football. This guy should be done in football now. Cowboys signing him just adds to the dislike I have for the team.

  16. While I’m on it, lets look at Hardy’s “apology.” He said “I’m sorry for what happened.” He did not say “I’m sorry for what I did.” Clearly he does not take responsibility. No, this is not parsing words and phrases. You Cowboy fans backing him up, you can have him.

  17. silvernblacksabbath says:
    Nov 10, 2015 11:42 AM
    Roger the Dodger for PRESIDENT 🙂
    ___________________________________
    A guy with 16 female descendants comes up with a wimpy comment that says he values his former team more than his daughters and grand-daughters, but that really says nothing else except “Look at me please, I want to appear strong and wise and important, and I really want to stay relevant,” and he’s being characterized as presidential material?

    Seriously? Even as a Joke?

  18. “The girl he beat could have made that happen. But she refused.”

    Correct, she chose to take the buyout Hardy offered her.

    I just hope it was a life changing amount of money as in at least 7 figures.

    That’s our legal system, and just emphasizes some of the many problems with it.

  19. “I read something that said he asked her to leave and then she attacked him and that is when he got physical with her (and threw her on the chair of guns). If this was the case, a person that plays a violent sport gets attacked they may respond with violence, but that doesn’t exactly make them prone to domestic violence as a rule.”

    Yeah, I’m sure the huge, physically very strong Hardy was scared for his life when the woman that probably weighed about 1/3 of what he did hit him, if she ever did.

    I’ve had an angry girlfriend slap me and I didn’t hit her or slap her back.

    Its clear Hardy is a violent person beyond what the sport demands, and that he’s just a felony assault or murder waiting to happen.

  20. Finally a Cowboy that a non-Cowboy fan can get behind. The rest of the team, front office, owners have all sold out…no way Hardy should be playing in the NFL. NFL is a privilege and I agree with Staubach, he doesn’t belong there anymore.

  21. “Part of it may have been that Jones is starting to realize that no amount of polish is going to make Hardy into something other than what he is.”

    First and probably only time I’ll agree with Florio, insinuating Hardy is a turd. Nice!

  22. Roots for Cowboys, does not root for Hardy… does he root for Dr. Jones? Does he root for GM Jones? Does he root for Coach. Jones? Does he root for owner Jerrah Jones? Inquiring minds need to know!

  23. As a Cowboy fan and a Roger Staubach fan, I completely agree with him on his assessment of that degenerate hardy….never want him on the team from day one!

  24. NFL team owners do as they damn well please, and Bozo the red head NFL circus clown, pretends no one notices.

    Obviously the NFLPA and the league rules committee are a sorry joke, for the rich owners. OK boys, get on your knees, we got something for you.

  25. I can understand where Staubach is coming from. There have been players in the past that I haven’t rooted for on my team, but that doesn’t mean I just quit on my team.

    With the way the NFL is going the past few years, if you quit liking your team b/c they signed someone of questionable character, then you would soon be out of a team to cheer for.

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