Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy and NFL free agent running back Ray Rice both made their (not-so) triumphant returns to our television sets this weekend. Well, in Rice’s case it was actually relatively positive.
The former Baltimore Ravens star is still waiting on his chance to get back to playing, but if he never gets that opportunity, he would like to work with the league in order to spread his story and prevent other players from making the same mistakes as him.
“I totally understand what my visual did and the effect it had on society and the survivors of domestic violence,” said Rice. “So, for me, to never be forgiven…I understand those things, and I totally take full responsibility for my actions. The one thing I can say is…I have made a lifelong decision to raising awareness about this.”
Good to see Rice is getting back on track and trying to encourage people to not screw up the way he did. If only he had gotten to Hardy a little sooner.
The photos from the police investigation into Greg Hardy’s domestic assault case were leaked this past week, and the world was reminded why a picture is worth a thousand words. Hardy didn’t have anything to say about it other than a few tweets about how the past is the past, but the rest of the NFL and sports world had no problem chiming in on the situation.
“I’m a father of three daughters so any man that beats a woman, I think that’s hard for me to swallow, but the Cowboys did make their choice,” said Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett. “They have had a bunch of players before that had a couple things. As a teammate, I’m not sure I would want [Hardy] in the locker room, especially as a distraction when you’re already losing. It’s one of those things that would have to be up to the organization.”
The Cowboys did drop another one Sunday Night to the Philadelphia Eagles in overtime. Hardy was shown on camera an estimated (by me) 47 times during the game.
If nothing else, Jerry Jones needs to cut him, so we don’t have to listen to everyone’s two cents on the situation all week.