Greg Hardy, whom a jury convicted and the NFL found culpable for beating up an ex-girlfriend and tossing her on to a bed covered in loaded weapons, had his first media interview recently.
It went terribly.
Hardy, who plays for the Dallas Cowboys, told reporters that he planned to come out “guns blazing,” and went on to discuss the attractiveness of another player’s wife and her sister.
What’s worse, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones doubled down and defended Hardy’s comments.
“Well, you’re not allowed to have guns on the football field,” Jones told Sports Illustrated. “We all know that’s just a way of expressing yourself. I hope his guns are ablazin’.”
Katie Nolan of Fox Sports has become one of the rare voices of reason among the throngs of NFL talking heads that tend to defend the league for fear of losing their jobs or access. Watch as she takes to task Hardy and the Cowboys—along with the NFL’s rampant hypocrisy problem.
The NFL’s response was a big ol’ mess of eye-roll-inducing, legal-washed jumble of corporatespeak from NFL’s VP of social responsibility, Anna Isaacson: