Greg Hardy may be happy to be a Cowboy, but that doesn’t mean everyone else is happy he’s playing for America’s Team.
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Former Dallas Cowboys QB and Pro Football Hall of Famer Roger Staubach said he has no tolerance for domestic violence and has serious objections to the team signing DE Hardy.
In an interview with KTCK-AM, the legendary Cowboys QB – who led the team to four Super Bowl appearances and two Super Bowl wins – questioned the decision-making of Cowboys Executive Vice President Charlotte Jones Anderson in choosing to sign Greg Hardy.
“Well, it depends on getting a chance to understand the red flags… like the Hardy situation,” Staubach said. “Charlotte Jones is fantastic. She’s involved with the NFL on the committees. I think she had a hand in trying to understand that this guy deserves a second chance. I don’t have any tolerance toward domestic violence. If I was making the decision, it probably wouldn’t have been good for the Cowboys.”
A Pro Bowl DE in 2013, Hardy missed 15 games during the 2014 season while he was with the Carolina Panthers while he was going through a jury trial for allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend. The charges against him were later dropped after his accuser skipped her day to testify. The Panthers cut Hardy at the end of the season and was signed by the Cowboys at the start of the free agency period in March. The NFL later announced that Hardy would be suspended 10 games in 2015 for his domestic violence incident.
“I wouldn’t really enjoy being in the locker room with someone I knew was a domestic violence person. That’s how I feel,” Staubach said. “Today you know more about the personal lives of players. Back in the old days, there were some issues. But we never really had a domestic violence, smoking marijuana or . . . I’m sure it happened though, we just didn’t know about it. I would have really had a hard time with a teammate that you look at as a courageous, tough guy on the football field . . . to abuse a women in any shape or form, there’s just no excuse for it.”
Staubach played for the Cowboys from 1969 to 1979 after serving in the United States Navy and retired as the Cowboys’ all-time leading passer. NFL Network ranked Staubach as the No. 2 Dallas Cowboy of all-time and as the No. 46 Greatest Player in NFL History in 2010.