According to Fox football analyst Terry Bradshaw, domestic violence in the NFL is being enabled by people like NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Bradshaw’s rant on this topic was part of the FOX NFL Sunday pregame show, and he highlighted how woman beaters like the Cowboys’ Greg Hardy are still allowed to collect a paycheck, despite their history.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, Alabama Crimson Tide’s coach, Nick Saban, recently called out Tide fans, saying that their “arrogant attitude” will not help the team win the SEC.
The reason for Terry Bradshaw’s domestic abuse comments requires a little bit of a history lesson unless you are already familiar with the situation. Last July, a judge convicted Greg Hardy of threatening to kill and assaulting his ex-girlfriend, Nicole Holder. Based upon the deposition, Hardy strangled his ex, slammed her body around, and threw her onto a pile of guns.
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According to Deadspin, Holder thought she was going to die when she was being strangled.
“I accepted at that point [that I was going to die,]” she said. “I was so scared I wanted to die. When he loosened his grip slightly I said just do it. Kill me.”
The desperate plea of Greg Hardy’s girlfriend apparently caused him to loosen his grip, and Holder says she used her shoe to strike Hardy on the temple. Hardy’s manager, Sammy Curtis, then came into the room and tackled the raging Cowboys player.
The domestic abuse was not over. Hardy had thrown his girlfriend’s necklace in the toilet, and when she went to retrieve it he repeatedly slammed the toilet lid on her arm. Ironically, the pendant said, “I love you more.”
Although convicted in the case, Hardy requested a jury trial. Hardy was able to walk away from the domestic abuse charges because the victim did not appear in court to testify, and prosecutors dropped the case. Why would Nice Holder do such a thing?
“[Hardy] had told me in the past if I took food out of his family’s mouth that he was going to kill me,” she said at one point, explaining why she did not give a police statement.
In the end, Greg Hardy’s suspension from the NFL was slap on the wrist, amounting to 10 games that were eventually reduced to four games. Hardy was even given a $13 million-a-year paycheck by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
Based upon this context, you can see why Terry Bradshaw’s domestic violence comments make perfect sense.
“Anybody, in my opinion, that lays a hand on a woman — I don’t care who you are my friend — you never come back in this league, but Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in his desperation to get a pass rusher said ‘Well you know what America, Cowboys fans, he’s alright. He’s a good boy. We’re going to get him all straightened out over here and bring him in there.’ Which he did,” Bradshaw said, according to CBS. “[Hardy] has his first news conference, he makes a fool of himself. And then Jerry comes out and basically becomes an enabler for this.”
Bradshaw happened to time this delivery with Greg Hardy’s 2015 regular season debut. The Fox analyst also said he was tired of “talking about the Hardy’s of the world,” and he hopes that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will eventually make it so that “people that touch a woman, strike a woman” never have a place inside the NFL.
What do you think about Terry Bradshaw’s domestic violence comments? How do you think the NFL should enforce such a policy, assuming they ever do so?
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