Roger Staubach will continue to root for the Dallas Cowboys as they attempt to turn their disappointing season around. But he won’t root for one player – Greg Hardy.
“I’m rooting for the Cowboys, I don’t root for him,” Staubach told USA TODAY Sports Tuesday. “I’m still rooting for the Cowboys. I’m not a Hardy fan.”
Staubach, the Hall of Fame quarterback and two-time Super Bowl champion, criticized Hardy’s behavior on and off the field, said recent actions suggest his temper is not yet under control and added that he would be reluctant to forgive any domestic violence offender. Staubach also questioned whether Hardy is sincerely apologetic for his actions.
In a bench trial, Hardy was convicted on charges of domestic violence against an ex-girlfriend in 2014. Seeking a jury trial, Hardy appealed, and the case was ultimately dismissed in February when the ex-girlfriend, Nicole Holder, stopped cooperating with authorities.
Last week, Deadspin published a cache of photos, police interview transcripts and documents in a detailed report of Hardy’s alleged assault of Holder on May 12, 2014.
That prompted substantial national criticism of the Cowboys, who signed the defensive lineman in the offseason, and in particularly team owner Jerry Jones, who has called Hardy a “real leader” on the team. Jones said Sunday that the organization wanted to give Hardy a second chance.
For Staubach, the photos revealed by Deadspin struck a nerve.
Source: USA Today | Eric Prisbell