Why Did It Take Disturbing Photos To Disgust People Over The Greg Hardy Domestic Violence Incident?

I guess some people just have absolutely zero imagination. Perhaps, they are unable to picture an event that is described to them. If you cannot put an image to a story, I suppose you may have a difficult time picturing just how badly that said story can end. That has to be the case with more people than I would have initially believed, as a story broke late this week that supports my hypothesis.

By now, you all know about Greg Hardy. He is a fierce defensive standout for the Dallas Cowboys. Over a year and a half ago, while Hardy was a member of the Carolina Panthers, he was arrested and charged with assaulting his then-girlfriend, Lauren Holder. Last year, Hardy was convicted of assault. Disturbingly, the charges were not only dismissed but, they were also expunged. After this disgusting attack, even in a day and age where the National Football League claims it wants to clean up its image, Hardy signed with the Cowboys and served a four-game suspension to begin the 2015 NFL season.

For those who are crying that he did sit out an entire season, go tell it to somebody else. I don’t care if he sat out one season from a sport that pays its players an astronomical amount of money to play a kid’s game in front of many fans who actually try and justify their actions. After what basically translates to less than a slap on the wrist, at least in my opinion, Hardy was allowed back in the game and, of course, signed by a team with a history of bringing back criminals. You can argue all you want that Hardy is not a criminal due to a plethora of gross technicalities but, I say you are wrong. He is nothing more than a low-life.

With his case seemingly falling by the wayside, as least in terms of publicity, graphic photos were released that showed just how appalling Hardy’s acts toward Holder truly were, with uproar beginning once again. My question is, why did the outrage ever subside in the first place? Sure, you can look at the photos and see just how awful they were but, do you need to see them to know that what he did was 100 percent wrong?

I am not going to include the pictures in this article. If you would like to check them out, along with some of the dialogue and transcript from the event, click on this link. It will give you all that need and, most likely, can handle.

What Hardy did was wrong. It was disgusting. It was appalling. It was awful. Everybody should have known this already. It should not have taken these photos to surface for anyone to realize what he did was repulsive and unforgivable. Domestic violence simply cannot be tolerated. The NFL – as well as any organization or league or business – needs to have a zero tolerance policy. No asterisk. No special circumstance. No questions. If you are brought up and convicted of domestic violence, you need to go. Period.

Go ahead and knock me if you want. I don’t care. I have been in this business for quite some time now. Trust me, I am used to it. Go and say that Hardy deserves more chances. Go ahead and agree with him where he actually had the gall to say that he was a victim. Prove how truly ignorant and delusional that you are, and I won’t even be able to say that I am surprised. After all, this is a day and age where athletes are lauded, while cops and firefighters and teachers are vilified. I don’t know when it happened or why it happened or how it happened but, I just know that it is wrong.

Just like hardy and everyone involved for allowing him to continue his NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys.


About the author

Rob Kelley

Rob Kelley is a sports reporter for various newspapers in Florida, and is trying to break back into the sports writing game after a brief hiatus following the publishing of his first book, I'm Not a Quitter. He recently resigned as Editor-in-Chief and lead writer for The South Shore Magazine to pursue better opportunities. You can follow him on Twitter @RobKelley24.