Greg Hardy has been back in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons after the release of photos from his domestic assault case last week. The calls have been renewed to see Hardy axed from the league and people who cover the NFL on a daily basis have gone on national television to slam Jerry Jones, the Cowboys, and even call out their sponsors for their support of Hardy.
This will probably come as a complete shock, but Hardy’s latest action is one that won’t be the beginning of any redemption narrative.
Hardy temporarily changed his Twitter bio to read, “Innocent until proven guilty – lack of knowledge & information is just ignorance – the unjust/prejudicial treatment of diff categories of people is discrimination.”
Yes, Greg Hardy believes Greg Hardy is the victim here.
He's changed it now, but this was Greg Hardy's Twitter bio earlier this morning. pic.twitter.com/ojLQvlYaID
— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) November 11, 2015
Here’s what Hardy’s bio now looks like as it was changed fairly quickly after people began noticing:
Hardy’s choice of “innocent until proven guilty” is particularly mind-bending because he was indeed found guilty by a judge on two counts of domestic violence in July 2014. When Hardy appealed, the charges were dropped when the victim didn’t participate in a jury trial. That’s a bold move to play that card, isn’t it?
Second, the reference of a lack of knowledge and information is ironic given we now have many more facts about the severity of the assault after pictures were made public. It’s precisely that increase in knowledge and information that has given many people enough evidence to deem Hardy’s job with the Cowboys untenable.
I would say someone in the Cowboys organization should get a hold of Hardy and at least try to get him to act with some public relations sense, but given the way Jerry Jones and company have been his biggest cheerleaders throughout, that probably wouldn’t help either. The Cowboys would have probably just changed Hardy’s bio to read “Leader.”