Jones On Hardy: ‘He Is A Member Of Our Team’



Cowboys owner Jerry Jones released a statement Friday night after pictures emerged showing the injuries sustained by Nicole Holder during an alleged domestic violence incident with her former boyfriend, Greg Hardy.

“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,” said Jones. “We as an organization take this very 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.”

Hardy was convicted on domestic violence charges in 2014. He appealed, and the case was later thrown out after Holder stopped cooperating with authorities. Holder and Hardy reportedly agreed to a settlement.

The charges have since been expunged from Hardy's record, according to a report.

The former Panther was placed on the NFL commissioner's exempt list last September. He signed a one-year deal with the Cowboys this offseason worth north of $11 million. Hardy was originally suspended by the league for the first 10 games of the 2015 season, but that was knocked down to four games following appeal.

More from ESPN:

A source tells ESPN's Ed Werder that the NFL saw all of the police photos released Friday during a trip to North Carolina by NFL investigator Lisa Friel in April, before Hardy was suspended by the NFL. The source tells Werder that the NFL also sued the state of North Carolina for the right to view seven additional photos related to the incident.

In addition, a league source tells Werder that at no time during the NFL's investigation, nor through his suspension and appeal, did Hardy demonstrate any remorse for the incident.

The Cowboys, meanwhile, did not have access to the photos at the time they signed Hardy, owner Jerry Jones confirmed in a statement Friday night.

Jones called Hardy one of the "real leaders of this team" following a loss to the Giants in late October. Hardy was animated on the sidelines after a Giants kick return for a touchdown and appeared to swipe at the clipboard of a special teams coach.

Despite appearing in just three games, Hardy is the Cowboys' co-leader in sacks (3) to go with an interception and a forced fumble. As of now, it appears he'll be in uniform against the Eagles on Sunday night.

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  • eaglespur

    i have a feeling that goodell wont be in attendance

  • Beta20

    Wonder what Chris Christie thinks…
    Wonder what the wives and girlfriends of the Cowboys players and what the players themselves think … if anything.
    Wonder if Hardy and his teammates have ever joked about this …

    • OldDocNewSeason

      The fact that the answer to that last question is almost certainly yes is incredibly depressing.

      • Kev_H

        Probably not openly. The real leaders of the players- Romo and Whitten- are quality guys and I’m sure they aren’t the outliers.

        • OldDocNewSeason

          I’m not suggesting for a second that the entire locker room would make a joke of it, but I’d have a hard time believing none of them are, especially whenthe locker room also includes the sort of high character guy who literally hits his own mother.

          And ignoring the fact that it’s only days since the owner of the team called Hardy a leader, all of these “real leaders” – and in particilar the two you mentioned – are in the privileged position of being able to say to the owner that they want no part of playing on a team with an unrepentant scumbucket like Hardy. None of them have.

          I’d be utterly embarassed to be in any way associated with the Dallas Cowboys. If this were the Eagles I’d want the decent guys in the locker room to speak up, I’d want Lurie and Kelly to act or be gone, and I’d want nothing to do with the team until they were.

  • TimKerrForPresident

    The Lord forgives this. I don’t.

    • Red Klep

      I know religion is touchy, but I do know that there is a number of places in the Bible where repented is mentioned as necessary in order to receive forgiveness.

      Hardy has shown about as much repentance as a Jersey Shore cast member.

      You and the Lord might not be so much at odds on this one.

      • TimKerrForPresident

        That is correct, I think.

        I just want to apologize to the board in general about my fanaticism about this topic. As Churchill said, “a fanatic is someone who can’t change their mind and won’t change the subject.”

        I have been wearisome on this topic. Suffice it to say, it has a very personal resonance with me, but that isn’t anyone else’s problem. I will drop it.

        • Basscase

          Everyone is affected in one way or another. The whole thing is a sordid example of the ugliness of sports. And not just the pros.

          It’s sickening the things people sacrifice for wins. And we haven’t even touched the NCAA.

          You shouldn’t feel the need to drop it – it’s reality, it’s not going away, and fans are just as guilty of supporting this behavior as the sports are of showcasing it.

        • CHRIS

          You’re not alone my friend. This isn’t hardy bashing for the sake of Cowboys week. This is taking a stance against what they are allowing and a reflection of the sport we pour our hearts (and at times wallets) into.

        • OldDocNewSeason

          When you consider how long and how often some of us (including me) will post on a topic like quantifying the precise suckitude of Bradley Fletcher, I’m pretty sure you don’t have to apologise for writing a few times about the awfulness of Greg Hardy.

          In the grand scheme of things, only one of these subjects *actually matters*.

        • Fletcher’s Cox

          You owe no apologies. It is important we have these discussions in public places. DV is swept under the rug enough already

          • Jask MARIOTA IS OUR SAVIOR

            I’m not sure you want to put your hands on Hardy. Let’s not forget he’s 6ft 2 and like 250 lbs and very violent

          • Fletcher’s Cox

            i’ve dropped bigger men than that.
            besides, he’s a coward, not a man, so it’s easier too

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        • Neanderthal

          The number one reason a social issue remains a social issue is because society refuses to confront it and change it.

        • Explorer51

          The world would be a better place if there were more people fanatically against domestic violence; statistically speaking, there are a quite a few people who read and post on this board who have been affected by it, either personally or have family and/or friends who have suffered abuse. You don’t have to apologize for your stance.

      • MaggieRemembers

        Sorry Klep. I should have scrolled down before adding my 2 cents worth.

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    • Philly0312

      I’ve been fairly vocal about this situation, more so in my personal life and social media; this guy is garbage. I’m all about second chances, but he shouldn’t be in the NFL.

    • PaoliBulldog

      I think forgiveness is up to the victim and anyone else directly affected by Hardy’s violence.

      Bystanders such as ourselves can consider Hardy a miserable waste of protoplasm, and there’s no reason we shouldn’t. It’s not up to us to “forgive” him.

      • MaggieRemembers

        I have to agree. The affected person is the one called upon to forgive. Nowhere in the New Testament is there a suggestion that a person must continue to allow themselves to be beaten senseless repeatedly. The quote about turning the other cheek refers to giving a second chance to a REPENTANT person.

    • reb

      Interesting – don’t often get religious comments here. While I will say that I completely understand your feelings on it, he seems like a thoroughly disgusting person, but in terms of your statement, I don’t believe the New Testament would agree:
      (Matthew 6:14-15)

      14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:

      15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

  • Will:↑↑↓↓←→←→BA

    Jones DGAF. I’m not shocked.

  • Kev_H

    The most cowardly heinous part of the whole thing is how Hardy tried to stage it after the fact as if she attacked him and was stalking him. This guy’s lower than OJ. Hopefully they won’t let him go as far as everyone let OJ go. Gonna be a circus on SNF and you can bet Costas will be chiming in with his ten buck’s worth. Jones is worse than Sterling, who at least was unknowingly taped in private conversations. Jones just comes right out and called the guy innocent and a team leader.

    • PaoliBulldog

      Compare this to how Chip handled Cooper’s racist outburst: he left it up to the players (particularly Vick, who knows something about second chances) to confront Cooper & make their own evaluation of whether they could continue sharing the locker room with him.

      Chip didn’t stand in front of the media & proclaim what a great leader Cooper was. Jeez, you think Hardy feels repentant now that Jerrah has told the world what a great leader he is?

    • Warhound, a mediocre poemer

      Simply put: Sterling spoke, Jones acted.

  • Cory Ifkovits

    Maybe we should all give Aaron Hernandez a second chance since there doesnt seem to be a limit to what players can do nowadays.

  • Ivan__Drago

    What I do not understand is how a criminal case can fall apart with this much evidence?

    • Warhound, a mediocre poemer

      The victim doesn’t want to cooperate; and I think she has disappeared.

      • G_WallyHunter

        She took a MIL or 2, wounds healed, clown gets back in league for 11 mil, ridiculous

        • MaggieRemembers

          I wonder how much influence all those assault weapons in Hardy’s apartment had on her decision to take the money and hide?

      • Ivan__Drago

        I’m sure its part of her settlement with Hardy. But I’m not sure why she is needed if there is photographic proof, just get a doctor or someone who treated her to confirm the timeline and the injuries, present the photo evidence and prosecute.
        I’m not a lawyer, but it seems like there is a loophole here that should be closed.

  • Truthsayer

    I have heard all of the BS about how he already served his time with the suspension. I think that the NFL, by even allowing someone like this to be on a team, tells the world that its OK to be a criminal in this league. Allowing a person like this to earn millions of dollars while he is a known abuser is the wrong message to everyone. The NFL needs to think about the impact of this in a global scale if they want to grow the league. I think that Vick should have never been allowed back in either btw.

    • G_WallyHunter

      Vicks one thing this is a whole other story… Can’t believe we have to watch this clown and disgrace pick apart the Oline tomorrow night

      • Harpy Eagle

        Can we get Runyun to give Lane some tips on how to kneecap the guy and get away with it? I would never normally condone that kind of play but am willing to make a exception in this case.

        • G_WallyHunter

          Would be really quite nice to see some sort of cheap shot on him at some point… If it means a 15 yard PF penalty, I wouldn’t be totally against it, especially if Eags are up by 2+ possessions..

    • MaggieRemembers

      It’s not the NFL that reduced his suspension.

  • bizurk schadenfreude 2015

    George Carlin is rolling over in his grave when “Greg Hardy beats up, threatens to kill woman” becomes “Greg Hardy allegedly involved in domestic violence incident”

    I’m of two minds when video/photo evidence comes to light and incites the masses. One part of me wants to ask what the heck people think abuse looks like? The other half is grateful when evidence jolts people out of the safety of whitewashed, wimpy language.

    Also, people who compare Hardy to Vick (gambling ring, animal torture) or Hernandez (multiple murders) are wrong in different directions. They all did horrible things, and whether any of them should/should have been able to play football is one question. However, the harm they inflicted on society and debts they’ve paid are separated on an exponential scale…. equating them is puerile.