Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy and former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice became notorious for being involved in domestic violence against their significant others.
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Hardy was let go in free agency by the Carolina Panthers before the Cowboys signed him to a one-year contract, but Rice is still looking for work in the NFL.
Rice was caught on video punching his wife and knocking her unconscious before dragging her body, which set off a crusade against domestic violence in the NFL.
Hardy was found guilty of hitting his ex-girlfriend and threatening her, but she was unable to testify against him, so he will not face jail time. However, the NFL is expected to suspend him.
The Ravens made an example of Rice and released him immediately as the NFL gave him an indefinite suspension after only suspending him for two games initially.
Despite the violent acts committed by players like Rice, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo said that he feels Rice and Hardy deserve second chances.
“If every time someone did something wrong everybody turned the other way and didn’t like anybody on this planet, really in general, I would think that none of us like each other,” Romo said to Dallas Morning News.
“I just think that everybody deserves a second chance. I think that’s just part of what we should be doing as people and as teams.”
The Cowboys obviously agreed with Romo’s sentiment as they signed Hardy, and the quarterback may have said this to show support for his new teammate after demonstrating his team player persona by restructuring his contract.
It will still be difficult for Rice to find forgiveness though since his domestic violence incident has been seen on video.