Unless you’ve been under a rock this week, you’ve seen or heard the comments from Dallas Cowboys DE Greg Hardy, a player who was suspended last season following a domestic abuse incident with his ex-girlfriend. Hardy was tried in a court of law and found guilty of assaulting a female and communicating threats but the decision was reversed on appeal after the victim chose not to testify.
All of that led to Hardy’s comments this week, one of which was directed at Tom Brady and his wife, Gisele Bundchen:
“I love seeing Tom Brady. You seen his wife? I hope she comes to the game. I hope her sister comes to the game.”
Asked to describe how he would come out for Sunday’s game:
“I hope I come out guns blazing.”
Hardy was chastised on the Internet, most notably by FOX Sports commentator, Katie Nolan, who questioned the NFL’s decision to bring Hardy back in the first place. ““What are we f*cking doing? What matters to you?”
The NFL didn’t respond to the harsh criticism but the NFLPA certainly did. On Sunday morning, reporter Ian Rapoport tweeted this statement out: “We prefer media pay more attention to players recognized for their good deeds.” Then provided a link to the NFLPA community page with information to charities and foundations.
How incredibly obtuse and tone deaf. More or less, “hey guys we know what Greg Hardy said, here’s some ice cream and donuts and let’s sing ‘Kumbaya’ together.”
Even worse, people like Shannon Sharpe bought into the bullsh*t hook, line and sinker.
To be clear, Sharpe is not commenting on Hardy’s domestic abuse incident but rather the media’s focus on the negative. Thus, the comment, “if it bleeds it leads.” A reference to reporting violence above everything else.
Katie Nolan’s response to both Shannon Sharpe and the NFL kinda sums up this whole week in a nutshell.
Nope, they don’t get it at all.