The Dallas Cowboys yesterday took the plunge and signed controversial defensive end Greg Hardy to a one-year deal.
Coming off the back of a 2014 NFL season in which he appeared in just one game as he dealt with an off-field domestic assault charge, Hardy was viewed with scrutiny by many franchises.
The charges against Hardy were ultimately dismissed in February when the accuser failed to show at court ,but regardless his arrival at AT&T Stadium hasn't gone down well with everyone in Dallas. The mayor of the city today going on record to criticize the move.
"I am a big Cowboys fan," said Mayor Mike Rawlings in an interview with Dallasnews.com.
"But at some point, being a sports fan gets trumped by being a father, a husband, wanting to do what's right for women. So this is not a good thing, by me."
Against his policies
Rawlings has a long record of standing up for victims of domestic violence, and has supported a number of domestic violence prevention programs during his time in office in Dallas. The allegations levelled the way of the Cowboys' latest big name signing have clearly left a bitter taste in the mouth irrespective of the recent court ruling.
"You never, never, never hit a woman," continued Rawlings.
"In this case common knowledge says he (Hardy) did. That is unacceptable by me."
The Mayor says he even spoke to the Cowboys hierarchy first hand after finding out their plans to sign the former Carolina Panthers Pro Bowler and admitted he will continue to root for the team even if he doesn't agree with their decision.
The Dallas Cowboys opted to put Hardy's alleged past behind them in bringing him in on what is effectively a pay-as-you-pay deal for the 2015 season.
The DE made the 2013 Pro Bowl having led the Panthers in sacks on the season and automatically upgrades the Cowboys on the gridiron. The NFL though is likely to impose a suspension (likely 4-6 games) on Greg Hardy as part of their new policy.
However this pans out on the football field though it is clear that it will take time for people - the Dallas mayor included - to accept seeing Greg Hardy in the famous uniform.
"I'm here to say that it is unacceptable and as a Cowboys fan this was a shot in the gut."
What do you think Cowboys fans? Are you happy to see Greg Hardy arrive at the team, or do you have an issue with it? Let us know in the comments section below...
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