Greg Hardy's start to life as a Dallas Cowboys has been anything but inconspicuous.
His arrival - on the back of missing all but one game of the 2014 season following accusations (and a dropped court case) relating to domestic violence - was met with immediate condemnation by some quarters of the city (including the mayor).
Back in the headlines
And now, as the dust of Hardy's new 10-game NFL suspension was just beginning to settle, the franchise has been forced to speak out again after Hardy was caught up in another controversy this weekend.
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After Greg Hardy came in for intense criticism this week following a tweet in which he appeared to make light of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Twin Towers when mocking a picture showing Panthers wide receivers Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess, it was Cowboys head coach, Jason Garrett, who took it upon himself to address the situation.
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Speaking to ESPN, Garrett made it clear that the Cowboys are very conscious of how their players conduct themselves in the public eye:
"We try to emphasize that to our guys. 'Distinguish yourself with your play, not with what you say,' is something we talk about all the time."
"That (Twitter) is just another medium that we have to address. Some guys just need reinforcement one way or the other when they reach out and do some of those things. It's all a learning process. None of us are perfect so we're just trying to address it as these things come up."
Whether acting on the advice of the Dallas Cowboys, or off his own back, Greg Hardy has, himself, responded to the controversy.
First, the defensive end tweeted out another message, this time apologizing for his poor judgement.
Hardy then took things further my appearing to signal the end of his time on Twitter with a goodbye post. The account though appears to still be active at the time of writing.
Having taking the gamble of bringing Greg Hardy on board it is fair to say that the Dallas Cowboys may be questioning the move at this stage.
Faced with a 10 game suspension for the upcoming 2015 season and causing headlines during the offseason, the former Panthers man certainly has a lot of work to do to convince people that he is worth the hassle.
When Hardy is on the field there is no question of his impact - 27 sacks in his last 32 NFL games attest to that - but the Cowboys will be hoping his actions away from the gridiron stop taking the limelight.
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