On Friday afternoon, Deadspin released a handful of graphic images that showed the injuries Greg Hardy’s ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder sustained during a domestic violence incident back in May 2014. The images thrust Hardy back into the national spotlight and led to many people calling for the Cowboys to cut him immediately.
Dallas decided not to part ways with Hardy, though, so on Sunday night, he lined up for the team's game against the Eagles. He recorded one sack during the contest, but outside of that, Hardy didn’t play a big role in the game. And after it ended with the Eagles taking home a 33-27 victory in overtime, a couple of Eagles players took some parting shots at Hardy.
Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson told reporters that he worked a little bit harder during the game to shut down Hardy, who he said seemed to be disinterested at times.
“Any time I had a chance to put a little extra mustard on a block, I tried,” Johnson said. “He wasn’t all that emotional in the game. I guess he is in other games. I don’t know if the stuff got to him on the news, but he kind of seemed out of it a little bit.”
Johnson also said Hardy appeared to quit on some plays:
And Eagles center Jason Kelce took it a step further by saying that he doesn’t believe Hardy should have been out on the field in the first place in light of the photos that were released.
“I’m glad he didn’t have a good day,” Kelce said. “It’s a joke a guy like that is able to play this quickly. Three people I have zero respect for in this world. People who hit women, who molest children, and rapists.”
Hardy should probably expect a lot of opposing players to say stuff like this between now and the end of the season. He doesn't have many, er, any fans outside of the Dallas locker room right now.
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